Monsoon Coast

Shadel at a cooking class

How this Salt Spring Island chef found love and light with food and family in the Levant – Times Colonist

By Monsoon Coast / June 23, 2023

Excerpt: It’s been five years since Shadel Haddad last returned home. The Salt Spring Island chef, who serves up rare, premium blends for local spice company, Monsoon Coast, grew up in Jordan, one of a handful of nations historically considered to comprise the area in the Eastern Mediterranean region of Western Asia known as the…

Spice jars on a log

These five versatile artisanal spice blends are certain to elevate and inspire your home-cooking – Times Colonist

By Monsoon Coast / February 28, 2023

Excerpt: Figuring out what to make for dinner every night shouldn’t have to feel like a punishment – and with a warm, guiding hand from Chef Shadel Haddad at the local spice company Monsoon Coast, it doesn’t have to. A flavourful well-made spice blend takes little space in your kitchen, but can become a powerful…

Bok choy curry

Local chef shares the joy, comfort and emotion of spices with Salt Spring Island and beyond – Times Colonist

By Monsoon Coast / October 27, 2022

Excerpt: Spices should bring warmth not only to your taste buds but to your entire soul – especially if they’re prepared with as much love and care as they are at Salt Spring Island’s Monsoon Coast. From researching where to find the freshest spices to bottling blends by hand, the chef and owner of Monsoon…

Article Spread about Spices

Vancouver Island Food Seen – Fall 2021

By Monsoon Coast / September 4, 2021

Excerpt: When people choose spices, they should be as selective as when they choose their coffee beans, according to self-defined “science and spice nerd”, Shadel Haddad. Haddad, owner of Monsoon Coast Exotic World Spices, said that while some spices are from barks, resins or roots, most spices come from seeds, just like coffee. This means…

Article Spread spice of life

Aqua – Gulf Island Living – September/October 2020

By Monsoon Coast / September 4, 2020

Excerpt: Mezze are the tapas of the Middle East. They’re normally an appetizer, but when my mother was too tired to cook — she ran a nursing school during the day — we just had it as our dinner. I love eating like this for dinner or lunch and even breakfast, having small portions of…

TV interview with well seasons on CBC

Well Seasoned Gourmet with summer salad ideas using Ras el Hanout

By Monsoon Coast / January 4, 2020

The Owner of Well Seasoned Gourmet Store in Langley, Angie, loves our ras el Hanout, and enjoys it even in salad dressing: View on CBC For great products, cooking classes, tips, and recipes visit Well Seasons Gourmet in Langley.

Moroccan Lamb with Tomato Mint Sauce and a side of potatoes

Spice up your life with Monsoon Coast

By Monsoon Coast / January 13, 2012

Excerpt: January can feel a little bland. Grey skies, wet weather and a lacking abundance of fresh seasonal produce make for dull days and dull food. That is, of course, if you don’t have the secret weapon of spices and sauces to kick-start your kitchen into a laboratory of aromatic and flavourful joy! For culinary…