Le Courage Diaspora of influence: West Africa
Le Courage, a smoky, garlicky and earthy seasoning is a chef's dream. But my family — Grandma Daisy, Mother, and Sweetpea (my sister Symone) — uses this spice blend on absolutely everything! The smoked and sweet Spanish paprika is the underlying base of this blend, while the addition of ancho chiles (dried poblanos evolve into ancho chiles, which is Spanish for “wide”) imparts a sweet and earthy kick with just a lick of heat.
Our Le Courage blend is intensified by the pungent spice, Grains of selim (African pepper pods), a popular spice throughout countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana. Grains of selim distinct flavor is brilliant with beef and barbecued meats, and it’s equally wonderful sprinkled over vegetables or mixed into stews like West African pepper pot soup, Nigerian jollof rice or seafood gumbo.