Food: 6 Flavour Combos To Spice Up Your Cooking

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When it comes to the British and what we eat, most of us have embraced a world of flavours and love to indulge on different cuisines, however, there’s still quite a few “meat and two veg” people and this can be a big part of why many of us find the idea of vegetables, legumes, tofu, noodles etc. pretty boring, when if flavoured right, they’re anything but! To spice it up a bit, I’ve come up with 6 flavour combinations that are suitable marinades for a wide range of foods, showcasing the spices that absolute spice have to offer.

These flavours are the perfect amount for around 500g of cooked beans, noodles or tofu and for fresh veg, 3-4 cups. With popcorn, use 1/3 cup un-popped kernels. 

Spicy Peanut

This is my favourite sauce recipe, I’ve used it on tofu, noodles, to make kale chips, it’s so versatile and simply tastes amazing! If I were going to suggest one recipe to someone wanting something tasty with minimal effort, it would probably be this one, it’s so simple and incredibly delicious! I’ve come up with a few variations of this recipe over the years, but this is my current favourite. Mix all the ingredients together and stir into the food.

  • 1 heaped tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice ½ lime
  • ½ tsp dried garlic
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp water (if adding to noodles)


Greek Inspired

I recently used this combo in a Greek inspired recipe, it tastes really authentic and is super delicious! Use for butter beans, tofu, or fresh green veg. You could even stir into some vegan yogurt or olive oil, for a herby Greek salad dressing!


Sour Cream and Chive

This is a much drier spice mix, I originally used it on popcorn, but it could be a great rub for corn on the cob or to add flavour to some green veg. It has a creamy flavour from the nutritional yeast, which pairs beautifully with the onion and chives, to create a vegan “sour cream” and onion seasoning.


Smokey Tomato and Herb

This flavour combo is great for chickpeas and other legumes, simply mix up, stir in the chickpeas and bake for 15 minutes, until all the flavour has dried onto the chickpeas. Chickpeas prepared like this really liven up summer salads and make them something you want to eat! You can also use it to flavour couscous, tofu and even some home-made veggie burgers!


Thai Sweet Chili

This flavour combination, again works fantastically with chickpeas, this time bake them until they’re almost dried out, then toss them in the spice mix and bake again, you’ll end up with deliciously crunchy, Thai sweet chili chickpeas! You could also use this mix to coat popcorn, crackers or almonds.


Singapore Noodle Seasoning

Whilst originally used for Singapore noodles, this flavour combo will also be great on veg and tofu too, add ½ can of coconut milk for a creamier version. Some of the ingredients, like the garlic and ginger will need cooking in this recipe, so sauté them, before stirring in the other ingredients and cooking out for a few more minutes.

  • 3.5 tsp medium curry powder
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 medium heat red chili or ½ tsp chilli powder

This is 6 of my favourite flavour combinations, but the possibility of spice combos is truly endless, so gather the herbs and spices you need and make some great food...happy cooking!

Cassidy from The Euphoric Vegan writing for Absolute Spice.  

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