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Published May 21st 2014
A must do if you want to spice things up in the kitchen
Mistress of Spice has been doing business in Ashgrove since 2012
For two years I have been driving past this business, just off Banks Street, always with the intention of popping in. Well, I finally did it today! I'm now sorry it's taken me so long because a whole new world opens up once you step inside. Immediately your senses come to life as your nose picks up the tantalizing aroma of exotic herbs and spices. One of the most popular blends is Ras el Hanout (when translated means "top of the shop") which is a North African spice blend, used in Moroccan cooking. There is also a sweet version of this blend which contains cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, pepper and rose petals. Both blends are very versatile, hence their popularity.
A great range of herbs, spices and blends is on display
Not only is there an amazing range of herbs and spices, but dips and nibbles, healthy, gourmet "heat and eat" meals, accompaniments, rices and breads are also for sale. Be transported, if only for a brief time, to destinations like Morocco, India and the Middle East. It is worth noting that most meals are gluten free.
Browse the gift ideas while sipping a Merlo's coffee
A range of homewares and gift ideas is also on display. You can also treat yourself to a Merlo coffee to enjoy as you browse the shelves, fridges and racks. There are sweet delights to tempt you too so perhaps come with an empty stomach! Aprons, linen, kitchen gadgets, tagines, glassware, jewellery, crockery etc are all there just begging you to open your wallet! You won't have to carry your shopping far as street parking is plentiful, being in a suburban street. Online shopping is also available - have a look at the website.
Breakfast is available on Saturdays and Sundays and although the menu isn't vast, the choices all look delicious. At the moment the brekky menu consists of: Muesli and Yoghurt cup; Spinach, Pumpkin and Roast Tomato Frittata; Savoury Muffins; Turkish Bread with Avo Feta Smash and Scones with jam and cream. The good news is that the most expensive item is just $6.50!
The Mistress of Spice mother shop, at Gordon Park has been doing business since 2008 whilst the Ashgrove store opened in 2012. I, for one, will not be waiting another two years to revisit this great little business on my doorstep!