Being a person that finds the fun in cooking however mediocre I may be I have kitchen shelves stacked with spices and seasoning. And however mediocre I may be in cooking I have learned a great plenty of things about the art of cooking, but not one so important as this... that there are only a handful of spices and seasoning one actually needs to make a dish perfectly flavorful.
Red wine vinegar
Fresh cracked pepper
Olive oil whisked with red wine vinegar with a sprinkle of salt and pepper makes a slightly sweet and tangy beautiful salad dressing. You will find that this simple dressing can make even simply a bowl of butter lettuce with tomatos and slices of red onions absolutely delicious.
Roast carrots, potatoes and even beets at 400 degrees in the oven. Toss your chosen vegetable or all three in olive oil, red wine vinegar, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a couple of smashed garlic cloves and a few sprigs of fresh thyme, cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes, for the last ten minutes take the foil off and let it bake fully uncovered at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. You will be amazed how delicious roasted whole baby carrots can be.
Potato salad? Easy. Toss the boiled and diced dutch potatoes in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, garlic if you so wish and of course, salt and pepper.
You can throw Cloves and All Spice in just about any stew, as a result earthy and spicy flavors with ensue your senses.
I have found that these spices and seasoning (my go-to ingredients) can create the most delicious dishes whether it be used for salad dressing, roasting, sauteing amongst plenty of other things. So if you find yourself one night with a kitchen full of boring bunch of carrots or even a boring bag of potatoes, why not give these key spices and seasoning a try, see how boring you'll find them then.