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Written by Jo Hombsch
Condiments are proof that even if your fridge is near empty, it’s still full… of condiments. They’re the foodie accessories that can jazz up any bland and boring dish with the right squeeze.
Everyone has a fridge door full of them, however, in my case, they’re spilling over onto every shelf. There are the basics like your good ol’ tomato sauce and creamy mayo, but really, we’re here to chat about the good stuff. The condiments that level up your kitchen game and the type you want to show off to your guests.
Read on for proof that condiments can make everything better, including habanero infused honey, ponzu for your next heirloom tomato salad and a dill and lime mayonnaise everyone needs for their crispy fish tacos.
Let’s Get Saucey
Mushroom & Black Garlic XO
Hot Luck’s aka chef Gasper Tes’s (10 William, Hubert) signature XO sauce ticks all the boxes and more. There’s the traditional XO base of garlic, ginger, shallots and chilli, along with fermented leeks, mushrooms, and for an added kick, black garlic. It goes with anything that you think needs a flavour kick. Drizzle over a fried egg, steamed veggies, fresh seafood, pasta, or even toast! You really can’t go wrong.
Mabu Mabu is a saying that means ‘help yourself’, this Torres Stright Island owned business makes Indigenous food the hero of your kitchen. Add this super spicy chilli paste made with Indigenous macadamia nuts and Tasmanian pepper berries to anything that needs an extra kick. Be sure to give Mabu Mabu chilli scrambled eggs ago.
Pineapple Hot Sauce
Add some zing to your party with this tropical hot sauce, another favourite of ours from Mabu Mabu. Add it to your fish tacos or any other white meat, you can also use this as a salad dressing for a spicy alternative.
Black Truffle Pomodoro
Price: $54.95 for two jars
Meet your new go-to red hot sauce. With all of the original flavours of TRUFF that you love but packaged up into a pasta sauce jar. Fold the sauce into your favourite pasta or even better, spread it on top of homemade pizza dough. Bon Appetit.
Chipotle Bbq Sauce
F. Whitlock & Sons
There are BBQ sauce’s and then there are chipotle barbecue sauces. Add this sweet, savoury and smoky sauce made of molasses and honey to grilled foods or to up your Mexican game.
Whole Egg Mayonnaise
Made With Kombucha
It’s mayo with benefits. Add this ‘gut-friendly’ mayo to your burgers, chips, potato salad for a little probiotic hit.
Wasabi Style Mayo
It’s mayo with a wasabi twist. The added spice is sometimes needed for your mayo. Use this wasabi style mayo as the added kick to all your sashimi salads, wraps and fish tacos.
Dill and Lime Mayonnaise
The mayonnaise that disappeared from my fridge overnight, it’s that good! It’s the winning combination of the subtle dill flavour and lemony zing that complimented every fish taco I made. Or add to a boiled egg and potato salad.
The Oils To Your Dressings
Lemon Myrtle & Yuzu Ponzu
Sydney chef Max Smith is behind Jimoto, a range of small-batch condiments celebrating the delights of Japan. The Yuzu Ponzu is infused with lemon myrtle and fresh yuzu that will jump right out at you. Pour it over oysters, pair with sake-steam vegetables, as a dipping sauce for sashimi or even pour over some heirloom tomatoes for a burst of flavour.
Hemp Seed Oil
13 Seeds was born out of a need to cure the owner’s son skin condition, this nutrient-dense oil offers all sorts of benefits. From essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6, magnesium, zinc, and iron to name a few. It’s the sort of kick we all need each morning drizzled over that fried egg.
Asian Dressing with Miso
The Asian style dressing we all need to be kept in our fridge during the summer. Use it as a marinade, dipping sauce, with your sashimi or even better a crunchy Asian style salad with grilled prawns.
Rainforest Lime & Mango Chutney
A chutney using indigenous native ingredients, blending a unique citrus flavour of rainforest lime and the mango sweetness along with a touch of ginger and sultanas, it’s the chutney for all your cheese boards and a good one on hand for Wednesday night curries.
Spicy Tomato Relish
Another one of those essential condiments from Doodles Creek again! It’s a mix of fresh tomatoes with a hint of chilli and exotic spices. Serve with bacon and eggs, on a juicy homemade burger or add a bit of spice to the base of a homemade pizza.
New Zealand Onion Marmalade
A savoury jam, sweet relish and vegetable marmalade all in one. It’s the gourmet treat for all your charcuterie cheese boards, gourmet pizzas and grilled meats with 40% sauteed onions, balsamic vinegar, fresh mustard and spices. A good one to keep on hand in the fridge at all times.
It was in New York City Deli when James Thompson aka Food Feels had his first taste of chilli honey, since then he was hooked. Unable to find anything similar in Australia, James and his brother set it upon themselves to craft this honey drizzle with habaneros. Try it on pizza, fried chicken, hard and soft cheese, fruit, cocktails and especially gelato!
Tumami by Alice Everything Spread
Tumami is Alice Zaslavsky’s first product, this little jar is packed full of flavour and will be the little to your little secret weapon in the pantry. With only two ingredients, combining the bright tang of organic Aussie tomatoes and caramelised black garlic, just one bite will send you over. Spread onto toast or pizza, stir in pasta sauce and allow to stew… or enjoy straight from the jar (really).
Rainbow Seaweed Salt
Alg Seaweed Rainbow Seaweed Salt is the alternative to regular table salt that we didn’t know we needed until now. Sarah Leung Melbourne Dietitian founded Alg Seaweed as a way to get an added boost of iodine in your diet, along with it also having less than 63% less sodium than regular sea salt. We’re sold!
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