Complete guide to herbs and spices

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Seasonings for everyday fare
Broccoli

Seasoning
For stir-fries, think ginger, crushed red pepper and curry powder. Goes well with dillweed, oregano, parsley, basil and marjoram.
Recipes
Vegetables with ginger and garlic
Fresh vegetable turnovers

Burgers

Seasoning
Blend chili powder, cayenne pepper and cumin into meat. Or try ginger, basil, Italian seasoning, celery salt, garlic powder or minced onion.
Recipes
Mighty Mexican burgers
California burgers

Cabbage

Seasoning
Good bets for salads include mustard, caraway, celery, dill and coriander seeds. For sautéing, try curry powder, dillweed or sage.
Recipes
North African cabbage salad
Braised apple ‘n’ bacon cabbage

Cauliflower

Seasoning
Takes well to crushed red pepper, paprika, pickling spice, fennel and mustard seeds. For soups, use nutmeg, curry powder or turmeric.
Recipes
Cauliflower in curry vinaigrette
Curried cauliflower bisque

Chicken

Seasoning
Sprinkle with paprika, cumin, coriander, chili powder or black pepper. Pair with tarragon, basil, oregano, thyme or Chinese five-spice powder.
Recipes
Chicken à la spring
Chicken, avocado and coriander pasta sauce

Eggs

Seasoning
Go with basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, chili powder, cayenne pepper, curry powder, cumin and ginger as well as crushed red pepper, chives, parsley and marjoram.
Recipes
Duo deviled eggs
Eggs in purgatory

Fish

Seasoning
Experiment with dillweed, chervil, parsley, oregano or ginger. For soups, try fennel seeds, saffron or white pepper.
Recipes
Oriental flank steak
Fresh dilled lemon salmon

Peas

Seasoning
Toss with chives, mint, dillweed, chervil, parsley or basil. Ginger, garlic powder, tarragon, curry powder and chili powder add zest to soups and stir-fries.
Recipes
Fresh asparagus-pea risotto
Rice and green pea pilaf

Pork chops

Seasoning
Season with sage, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, allspice, cloves, seasoned salt or Chinese five-spice powder.
Recipes
Island-style pork chops
Weekday pan-fried pork with sage and onions

Potatoes

Seasoning
Season with curry powder, cumin, basil or rosemary. For salads, add Italian seasoning, tarragon or paprika. Also try nutmeg and basil.
Recipes
Classy curried potato salad with avocado
Roast potato fries with sun-dried tomatoes and basil

Rice

Seasoning
Steam with cardamom pods, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks or cumin seeds. Crumble saffron into pilafs, puddings and risottos. Flavour with basil and oregano.
Recipes
Middle Eastern pilaf
Next-night beefy Spanish rice

Spinach

Seasoning
Good matches for sautés, purées and soups include tarragon, parsley, dillweed, curry powder, nutmeg, oregano, mint, basil and sesame seeds.
Recipes
Curry-spinach salad
Spinach-and-basil salad

Squash

Seasoning
Marries well with nutmeg, mace, allspice, marjoram, cumin, coriander, chili powder, ginger, rosemary, garlic and bay leaves.
Recipes
Golden squash risotto
Spicy squash sauté

Tomatoes

Seasoning
Liven up fresh tomatoes with basil, chives, oregano and garlic powder. To cooked tomatoes, stir in fennel seeds, tarragon, marjoram or Italian seasoning.
Recipes
Spiced tomatoes and olives
Tomatoes Provençale