There is something in the flavour of smoked foods that appeal to people - even devoted vegetarians have been known to be intrigued by the smell of fried bacon...
A touch of smoke brings out the 'meatiness' - it also (complete mystery!) tricks tastebuds into tasting things that are not even there - adds an element of excitement.
All 'smokes' are not equal - at its most basic, there are hot smokes and cold smokes, and different smoking media (aromatic woods, herbs, teas). Smoking is an 'art', not a science and the success of a good smoke depends on the person controlling the process: too hot and too long - the smoke taste is overloaded, bitter and 'burnt'; too short, only the superficial flavour notes are transferred and there is no depth of smoke flavour... it tastes 'dull and dusty' (not exciting) - but get it right, and its heavenly!
Pure Khoisan Natural Salt with a touch of smoke on a base of smooth onion and garlic is a great condiment to add that extra layer of flavour...
Particularly good in a butter sauce with green vegetables : beans, artichokes, asparagus, spinach - it adds interest to roast root vegetables, braised chick peas, lentils, brown and wild rice, chicken, pork, lamb, fish and seafood.
Cape Treasures is a brand of Turqle Trading. World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) guarantees that Turqle Trading is a Fair Trade Organisation. Turqle is certified by Fairtrade International as a Licencee and a Trader in Wine Grapes and Herbs and Spices. Fair For Life (IMO) has certified Turqle Trading as a handler of Fair Trade ingredients.
Apart from the Fairtrade premiums that are paid to the pepper producers in India and the grape farmers in South Africa, Turqle pays 2,5% of the FOB price of every product sold, to the Fair Trade Trust. This money is used for the education of the workers and their children. Some of Turqle's customers also contribute to the Fair Trade Trust.