By Veggie Tom
This whole range of luxury spice blends is worth your time – but the Creole Seasoning’s a real cracker.
The little luxury tins by spice specialist Bart look the part on the supermarket shelves – but at just under £4 a pop, these blends need to hit the mark. I tasted six: fiery Ethiopian Berbere seasoning, a spicy Creole blend, sweet-savoury Ras el Hanout from North Africa, herby-sesame Zatar from the Middle East, plus blends devised for fish and fajitas. So how did they shape up?
You can read the results by scrolling down – but in short, it’s a solid thumbs up. There’s a good sense of balance in play across the range, but my hands down favourite is the spicy Creole blend. Paprika, onion and garlic give it a moreish depth and black pepper and cayenne lend two levels of heat, making a really versatile mix that works in all kinds of soups, stews and sauces. The whole range is worth your time, but Creole’s a real cracker.
Ingredients: Paprika (30%), Black Pepper (20%), Cayenne, Garlic, Onion, Salt, Thyme, Oregano.
Can you eat it? Of course this is veggie and vegan – but those with garlic or onion allergies need to give it a miss.
Bart Creole Seasoning
This stuff is just fantastic – rich and complex with a great kick. Versatile too. My top pick from the whole range of Bart’s luxury spice tins. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Get the Can I Eat It? app to scan this and 100,000s of other products
Bart Smokehouse Mediterranean Rub
Mellow and subtle with a tomatoey, garlicky, smoky-sweet depth. This is first rate, and delicious with fish. Tasted by the Can I Eat It? team.
Bart Berbere Seasoning
Fierce, pungent and exotic – this Ethiopian spice blend packs a punch. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Bart Ras El Hanout
Savoury and sweet spices make this North African spice mix an evocative blend. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Bart Fajita Seasoning
There’s heat and depth in this good quality spice blend. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Zatar is a mix of sesame seeds, herbs and salt, and this is a good quality example. Buy it if the price fits. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Bart Fish Seasoning
A good quality spice blend – though the flavour didn’t blow me away. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Bart Mexican Chilli Mill
Instant Mexican flavours in a handy spice mill – this is a good idea, and it works. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Bart Smokey Barbecue Mill
Fantastically moreish, this is a top notch smoky-sweet spice mill. Convenient and very tasty. Tasted by Veggie Tom.