About Partie de Moi
Hi! I’m Stephanie and I live on the North Coast of Ireland in Portrush. I love to bake and cook, finding it both therapeutic and relaxing. Between being with my 2 year old, 9 year old and very emotionally needy dog, I always try to make time to whip up a new dish using my very own spice blends.
Whilst growing up in Brussels, my parents frequently popped over to Germany for the Christmas markets, went to American school fairs at Thanksgiving or got Speculoos biscuits from the Maison Dandoy in Brussels city centre.
So around 20 years ago I started making my own blend of spices using ingredients from the supermarket. Sometimes giving them out as presents but mostly using them myself in sweet and savoury dishes throughout the year to add a little ‘je ne sais quoi’.
Well over a champagne filled sunny afternoon with my friend, Lois, we were talking about how I loved cooking and she encouraged me to seriously think about making up my own blend of Pumpkin Spice. So I researched it, how can I make it unique? Did my original recipe need tweaking?
So, I started buying whole spices, gently toasting them to release the flavours and natural oils then grinding them and doing research on the blends that hit the spot. After a focus group testing afternoon and in-depth recipe discussion and tasting, future suggestions and planning I had a final product ready to go!
What actually is it? My Artisan Pumpkin Spice is a blend of Ceylon Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla and cardamom. The Spices get delivered to me in their whole form I then gently toast them in a dry pan to release their natural oils and aromatics, grind them down to a very fine powder in one of my 5 grinders then combine them with the other spices in a top secret recipe.
I then thought about adding to the range and created an Artisan Winter Spice which is loosely based on the German lebkuchengewurz, a cookie spice blend.
What's special about both these spice blends and the process is nothing has been added to them like fillers, flour, salt or sugar. The spices are super fresh, unlike the supermarket pre ground ones which can be years old! They are also vegan and vegetarian. My 26g sachets pack a punch with flavour so a little goes a long way!
I hope you love it as much as I do! I love the smell and taste of anything which uses cinnamon and other warming spices.