We have to talk about your condiment usage. We're concerned about your shepherd's pies, your full English breakfasts, your Welsh rarebits, your bacon sandwiches! America: are you letting these foods go un-brown-sauced?

If you've never had HP Sauce -- England's favorite brown sauce -- we must insist that this is the cold-weather season you try it. The sauce, which has been around since 1899, is a darkly spiced, slightly syrupy, savory flavor bomb that we can't get enough of. The recipe is a closely guarded secret, but we do know that it has a tomato base, augmented by malt vinegar, dates, tamarind and rye flour. This is stuff is deep, complex and unlike anything else we've ever tasted.

HP (which stands for the Houses of Parliament) goes perfectly with potatoes, beef stews, bacon -- the kinds of heavy, hearty things you want to eat when the weather turns cold. Because this is an English staple, it's pretty easy to find in places with large expat populations like New York, and New England, but we've seen HP pop up in lots of stores that we never expected, recently.

Another fun fact: HP Sauce and Heinz ketchup are cousins, both owned by the Heinz company. According to the company's website, "One in four of all UK households get through at least one bottle of HP every single year. That's something like a total of 27.5m bottles per annum." That's even after catching some heat last year for changing the recipe for the first time in over a hundred years, to comply with the UK's sodium regulations.

Anyone who has ever told you that English food was no good was trying to keep you from stealing all the HP Sauce, we can promise you that.

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  • Shichimi Togarashi

    <em>shi-CHEE-mee toe-guh-RAH-she</em> A seven-spice mixture (<em>shichimi</em> means seven) of red chili pepper, Sichuan pepper, roasted orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, hemp seeds, poppy seeds, ground ginger and nori (dried seaweed). <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use shichimi as a condiment, sprinkled on Asian noodle dishes and soups, such as ramen. <strong>Origin:</strong> Japan <strong>Recipe: </strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/spicy-miso-ramen-noodle-s_n_1304702.html" target="_hplink">Spicy Miso Ramen Noodle Soup</a> <strong><a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/herbs-and-spices/herbs-spices/shichimi-togarashi.aspx" target="_hplink">Shichimi Togarashi</a> at DeanandDeluca.com, $30</strong>

  • Sambal Oelek

    <em>zam-bahl U-lek</em> A hot sauce made up of chili peppers, distilled vinegar and salt. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use it as a condiment or try it in stir-fry recipes or as an ingredient in marinades. <strong>Origin:</strong> Indonesia. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-shrimp-with-citru_n_1058466.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Shrimp with Citrus-Sambal-Oelek Dressing</a> <strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sambal-Oelek-Chilli-Paste-18oz/dp/B000JMDHCC" target="_hplink">Sambal Oelek Chilli Paste</a> at Amazon.com, $5.99</strong>

  • Za'atar

    <em>ZAT-ahr</em> A spice mixture made up of thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use to season meats and vegetables as well as a condiment on hummus and yogurt. It's also great sprinkled onto breads before baking. <strong>Origin:</strong> Middle East. Used widely in Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. <strong>Recipe: </strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-butter-bean-feta-a_n_1061213.html" target="_hplink">White Butter Bean, Feta and Za'atar Spread</a> <strong><a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/herbs-and-spices/herbs-spices/zaatar.aspx" target="_hplink">Za'atar</a> at DeanandDeluca.com, $5.50</strong>

  • Chimichurri Sauce

    <em>chee-mee-CHOOR-ree</em> A sauce made from parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, red vinegar, and chili flakes. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a condiment for grilled meats or as a grill marinade. <strong>Origin:</strong> Argentina but also used in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-t-bone-steaks-wit_n_1055746.html" target="_hplink">Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Chimichurri</a> <strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Rim-Gourmet-Chimichurri-Steak/dp/B004ATNNPQ" target="_hplink">Chimichurri Sauce</a> at Amazon.com, $6.19</strong>

  • Ras El Hanout

    <em>rahs el huh-NOOT</em> A spice mixture whose name translates to "top of the shop" that typically includes cardamom, clove, cinnamon, chili peppers, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, peppercorn, and turmeric. Each spice merchant has his own variation of the recipe -- some more exotic ingredients may include ash berries, grains of paradise or dried rosebud, among others. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a rub for meats to be roasted. Use in stews and braises, such as Moroccan tagine. <strong>Origin:</strong> Morocco <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/oven-roasted-halibut-in-c_n_1057860.html" target="_hplink">Oven-Roasted Halibut in Charmoula Marinade</a> <strong><a href="Ras El Hanout" target="_hplink">Ras El Hanout</a> at DeanandDeluca.com, $25</strong>

  • Sriracha

    <em>see-RAH-chah</em> A hot sauce, named after a city in Thailand, made up of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a dipping sauce and condiment. Or use in stir-fry sauces and marinades. <strong>Origin:</strong> Thailand. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/thai-spicy-peanut-sauce-w_n_1056965.html" target="_hplink">Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce with Poached Chicken</a> <strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Huy-Fong-Sriracha-Chili-Sauce/dp/B000LO40AG/" target="_hplink">Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce</a> at Amazon.com, $5.95</strong>

  • Berbere

    <em>behr-behr-EE</em> A spice mixture made up of chili peppers, garlic, ginger, dried basil, korarima, rue, white and black pepper, and fenugreek. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use it as a rub for meats or as a seasoning in stews and braises. <strong>Origin:</strong> Ethiopia and Eritrea. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/almazrsquos-ethiopian-d_n_1314516.html" target="_hplink">Doro Wat</a> <strong><a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/herbs-and-spices/herbs-spices/berbere-by-see-smell-taste.aspx" target="_hplink">Berbere</a> at DeanandDeluca.com, $30</strong>

  • Hoisin Sauce

    <em>HOY-sin</em> A sauce made from sweet potato starch, sugar, soybeans, white distilled vinegar, salt, garlic and red chili peppers. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a dipping sauce, condiment, marinade or barbecue sauce. <strong>Origin:</strong> China. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hoisin-beef-amp-edamame_n_1049846.html" target="_hplink">Hoisin Beef and Edamame Noodles</a> <strong><a href="http://www.honestfoods.com/hoisin.html" target="_hplink">Hoisin Sauce</a> at HonestFoods.com, $5.00</strong>

  • Garam Masala

    <em>guh-rahm muh-sa-luh</em> A spice mixture whose name translates to "hot mixture" that typically includes cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, mace, black pepper and star anise. <strong>How to use:</strong> Use as a rub for meats, in marinades and in curries. <strong>Origin:</strong> India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/quick-chicken-tikka-masal_n_1062275.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Tikka Masala</a> <strong><a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/herbs-and-spices/herbs-spices/garam-masala.aspx" target="_hplink">Garam Masala</a> at DeanandDeluca.com, $4.50</strong>

  • Piccalilli

    <em>pi-ka-lih-lee</em> A relish made from cauliflower, root vegetables, vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard and turmeric, among other spices. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a condiment or topping. <strong>Origin:</strong> Great Britain. <strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Haywards-Piccalilli-460gr-16-2ozs-Each/dp/B001NJMFP0" target="_hplink">Piccalilli</a> at Amazon.com, $7.25</strong>

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