I admit it's odd thing, but I get as much pleasure out of discovering some new spice as I do buying a cute pair of shoes. Crazy, I know. It's a strange rush. The quick little inhale when you spy those perfect heels and the excitement when they fit like a glove. It's the same with spices. Like when I saw this amazing salt for the first time at World Spice, our favorite spice shop in Pike Place Market. I literally got giddy with excitement.
This black Mediterranean salt is less flake-shaped but rather more like itty-bitty pyramids. It truly is fascinating. Coated in charcoal it becomes white when wet (or licked off as I discovered!) It has a mild flavor, which makes it pair nicely with practically any food (we sprinkled it on top of paté and a lamb shepherd's pie). And, of course, makes a striking presentation! Like tiny ancient ruins sitting on top of your food.
Hmm, makes you wonder from where the Mayans got their inspiration for Chichen Itza.