As summer approaches, I find myself dreaming of roses, Tunisia, Morocco, and orange-blossom semolina cake (I made six batches last summer). Sometimes the closest route to faraway lands is through the pantry, and these French Colonial pantry goods from Vancouver's Marché St. George might suffice.
Here's a selection of kitchen essentials: Harissa, green peppercorns, and smoked paprika, which all have the potential to transform your next dinner party.
Above: Stacked together, the spices and Harissa paste create a pleasing display; via Marché St. George.
Above: Straight from Madagascar, the Mecca for peppercorns, spicy Green Peppercorns in Brine from Moulin in France; $3.50 per tin.
Above: Smoked Sweet La Dalia Paprika is $3.95 per tin.
Above: Hot Smoked La Dalia Paprika is $3.95 per tin.
Above: L'Harissa El Manara de Djerba is a Tunisian specialty made from red chilies and spices; $2.25 per tube.