This post is sponsored by McCormick Australia as part of my Problogger Sponsorship
McCormick recently released their Flavour Forecast for 2014 – “a global summary of insights into what the world will be eating next.”
There are 5 key insights into the food world for the coming year:
Chilli Obsession – Food lovers everywhere are seeking out their next big chilli thrill.
Modern Masala – Indian food is finally having its moment, breaking free of its traditional confines with modern interpretations.
Clever Compact Cooking – Proving that big flavours can come from small spaces, cooks in urban kitchens are making the most of what’s available.
Mexican World Tour – Mexican flavours are making their way around the globe, with people everywhere discovering new aspects of this bright, casual cuisine.
Charmed by Brazil – The world’s attraction to Brazilian cuisine is heating up, thanks to its seductive mix of global and native influences.
When McCormick approached me with the challenge to create a meal based on one of these insights I had trouble trying to choose. “Chilli Obsession” was quickly ruled out as Lily is still not very into chilli and I’m still building up my tolerance. I’m not a big fan of Indian food so “Modern Masala” wasn’t for me. I loved the idea of “Clever Compact Cooking” and was looking at ways to incorporate tea to flavour meat but didn’t have the time to do it justice. I love Mexican food so “Mexican World Tour” was super interesting but I was having issues coming up with something different.
So, that left “Charmed by Brazil”. I haven’t eaten much Brazilian food so had to do some researching. I found this recipe for Bahian Spiced Chicken & Beans with Yuca Mash and it looked interesting – much liked other casseroles we had had in the past.
The thing that most intrigued me was the spice mix – Tempero Baiano. I love things like this – mix the spices together and it can be used to flavour many different meals.
I used the spices that McCormick sent me to make up the mix as seen above – I used Oregano leaves instead of ground, and a Garlic and Chilli mix instead of straight crushed Chilli. It still worked out really well!
The week we were having the dish I had already planned a chicken dish so I decided to try it with fish. I had some frozen whiting fillets in the freezer that needed to be used so decided to use those. Next time I’d use a firmer fish as the whiting crumbled while I was cooking it.
All I did was coat the fish in the spice mix and left it in the fridge while I was preparing everything else. The spice mix gave the fish a really wonderful flavour that really boosted it to another level. I was a bit worried that Lily wouldn’t like it but the chilli was subtle and not overpowering so she was fine with it.
Bahian Spiced Fish & Chickpea Salad
- 4 fillets of firm white fish
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- baby spinach leaves
- other salad ingredients as desired
- squeeze of lemon juice
- Bahian Seasoning (Tempero Baiano):
- 1 tsp Cumin Ground
- 1 tsp Oregano (Ground)
- ½ tsp White Pepper Ground
- ¼ tsp Chilli Flakes Crushed
- Combine ingredients for the Bahian seasoning in a bowl. Cut fish into bite sized pieces and cover in the spice mix. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until needed.
- Make salad with chickpeas and other salad ingredients. Squeeze over lemon and season to taste.
- Heat a fry pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Cook fish for 4-5 minutes or until just cooked.
- Serve with salad and a wedge of lemon.
As I said, our fish crumbled as I cooked it. I simply served it on the side of the salad so that I could taste it fully, but it would have been nice in the salad as well. I wasn’t sure if the meal would be filling enough as I’m used to having carbs but the addition of the chickpeas makes for a surprisingly filling meal.
And to show you that it really was a family pleasing meal, here’s Chloe tucking in:
Now, your chance for a BIG giveaway! I have 5 huge McCormick packs to giveaway, worth over $100 each! Each pack includes:
Family Size Bottles of:
♥ Black pepper
♥ Chilli flakes
♥ Sea salt
Regular Size bottles of:
♥ Cardamon Ground
♥ Cayenne Pepper
♥ Chilli flakes
♥ Cinnamon ground
♥ Cloves ground
♥ Coriander leaves
♥ Coriander seeds
♥ Coriander seeds ground
♥ Cumin ground
♥ Cumin seeds
♥ Garam masala
♥ Garlic and chilli
♥ Ginger ground
♥ Hot chilli powder
♥ Lime & chilli
♥ Oregano leaves
♥ Paprika Hungarian
♥ Parsley Leaves
♥ Chilli flakes
♥ Chilli powder
♥ Coriander seeds ground
♥ “50 Foods that will change your life cookbook”, co-authored by McCormick HomeEconomist, Michelle Thrift
♥ A Flavour Forecast tea towel
♥ An 18 month calendar
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Pretty awesome hey?! To go in the chance to win simply fill out the form below, making sure to tell me which flavour insight catches your fancy and what meal you would create. Don’t forget, most creative wins!
Terms and conditions: The Flying Drunken Monkey’s McCormick Flavour Forecast giveaway will be judged on creativity and originality. The competition opens Friday, June 13th at 05.00am AEST and closes on Friday, June 20th, 2013 at 11.59pm AEST. One entry per person only. Australian entries only, sorry. There are 5 prizes to be won, worth $500 in total. The winners will be notified via email and published on this blog. Entries remain the property of The Flying Drunken Monkey and may be republished. The prizes will be sent directly to the winner by the PR company. For full competition terms and conditions, click here.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was also provided with a pack of McCormick products in order to create the recipe. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the company.