I’ve found in my culinary travels that you can evoke the essence of most countries ‘flavours’ with a few herbs,spices, sauces or oils. These give you a sort of taste reference to the cuisine that you’re attempting to cook. I can’t say that my recipes are authentic, but a few key ingredients can make all the difference to approximating the taste feel of where you want to go.
These shortcuts are also essential for any vegan cooking, as they can help create something delicious, full of the rounded ‘umami’ savoury flavours that you need for super delicious tasting food, often without much effort.
Below are some of my flavour staples. These are items that I use over & over again and are pretty much always in my cupboard, ready for whichever region’s flavour catches my fancy & to transform vegetables into a little culinary trip away.
Then, to add to the Mediterranean:
Thai/South East Asian:
Mexican/South of the Border: