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Dan Marek - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Dan Marek in his virtual office as he welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to Ask Anything – from cooking techniques to cours… Read More.



What is Berbere spice blend?

— Elena Proodian


So Berbere Spice Spice blend, sorry, I'm having a hard time talking, um, is a wonderful, uh, spice blend. I've used it in a lot of different things. Um, and I'm trying to remember the exact, I know that there's some cayenne in it. Um, lemme just do a quick, There we go. Um, so Ethiopian spice blend, typically, yeah, it's red hot peppers, cayenne paprika, salt. Um, that's kind of the basic overview of what's in there, but the great thing about this is it's, it's, it's a wonderful spice blend. I actually do this. There's a, what is his name? I think it's Sid Bryant. I can't remember what his name is right now, but it's a great cookbook and he actually does these Berbere avocados, um, with a collared green on the side. And it's just a fantastic mix. Um, I actually try to find my Burberry at an Ethiopian shop. Um, you'll, you'll find different grocers, um, you know, kind of depending on where you are. But when I know when I'm a place that has a high, uh, Ethiopian population, I search out to make sure that I can find some of the spices that you can't really find in a conventional grocery store. So, um, I know last time I was in, you know, DC I specifically want to be able be able to find a really good Burberry, and there are a lot of different varieties on it. It's kind of like, uh, the word curry, right? Where there's a bunch of different ingredients in it, and Burberry can be the same thing, but primarily they're basically dried or ground, uh, dried peppers, uh, cayenne paprika, and then a bunch of other kind of things into it too, like coriander, ginger, cardamon, fronter, nutmeg, uh, allspice and cloves. But again, that can vary depending on the maker and where you get it from as well too.


Dan Marek

Dan Marek

Director of Plant-Based Culinary & Dev