Australian Functional Ingredients – by Vic Cherikoff

Wildfire spice

wildfire spice
COLOR – coarse, multi-ingredient, multi-coloured herb, spice and salt flecks

AROMA – complex, mixed spice nose tending to Mediterranean but with a wild woody Australian character and suggestion of pizza

PALATE – full chicken and spice mid-palate with pepper and chilli heat followed by complex herbaceous citrus aromatics and toasted seed

This is my all-purpose spice mix which includes a bit of zing from Australian mountain pepper combined with a herb finish from the blend of lemon aspen, lemon myrtle and aniseed myrtle. I also include a mob of conventional herbs and spices including paprika, pepper, rosemary, marjoram, parsley, oregano and nutmeg. There’s a little garlic and onion for those background flavors and yes, just a touch of salt and sugar to finish.

Australian Wildfire Spice is not too spicy but it is a complex flavoring and ideal for barbecuing, grilling and baking.

Use it as a dry marinade or rub over seafood, meats, eggs or vegetables.

I add a heaped teaspoonful when baking bread in a bread machine or by hand or for pizza base, crepes or savory pancakes use the same amount per 500g (about a pound) of dough or batter.

Use Wildfire Spice in burgers, meatloaf or other savory mince meat or sprinkle some liberally over your next stir-fry, salad, pasta or pizza.

You can also add a sprinkle and infuse the flavour into red wine or mushroom sauces for steaks and chops; add some to warmed olive oil for that tasty dipping oil with some fresh bread or make salad dressings with oil and vinegar and Wildfire Spice to taste.

See what I mean about all-purpose?

I also like mixing some into sour cream and topping baked potatoes or seasoning kumara chips or slices baked in the oven. It turns boring vegetables like cauliflower and kale into gourmet treats (OK, so you still need a nob of butter as well).

Get some seed mix such as linseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and maybe some finely chopped almonds and add a generous amount of Australian Wildfire Spice to make a delicious dukkah or spiced seed mix. This can be used as a dip for olive oil soaked bread or as a crusting over meats and seafood for frying, broiling or grilling.

The more you use my Wildfire Spice mix the more favorite applications you’ll find. I can promise you that!

Packaging – 225g shakers, 40g canisters and refills or bulk 20kg bag in box



Vic Cherikoff