About Us

Duska and Sunny

Duska at the markets, with a little helper

We love living in Northern New South Wales. It’s a special place for food lovers – with amazing fresh produce and a population that is passionate about fabulous food.

At Spice Palace, it’s our mission to source the best of our region’s food, plus the finest spices from around the world, to offer a unique range of exotic gourmet food.

Our Dukkahs are made with the finest new-season nuts and spices. In our Chermoula, Ras-Al-Hanout and other Spice Blends, you’ll find only top-quality spices, roasted by us – and ground and mixed, lovingly every week.

Our dips and spreads are always made fresh. We talk to farmers at our famers’ markets every week to see what’s in season and abundant – whether it’s basil or coriander for our Seasonal Pesto Selection, or chillis for our popular Harissa Chilli Pastes.

Our Spice Blends, dips and tapenades and are all gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

If you want to buy Dukkah, Harissa, Halva and Spice Blends online, check out our online shop. You can pay safely online and we’ll post it to you within a couple of days.

Spice Palace is owned by food-lovers Rob and Duska, who are passionate about offering an original range of exotic foods, sourced from premium ingredients.

DUSKA has travelled extensively, enjoying the cafés and cuisine of other cultures: “But I particularly love sharing home-cooked meals with friends around the table at home.”

Duska spent 18 months in Israel where she first learnt to make hummus. She travelled in Turkey where she was captivated by the spices in the markets, not to mention the Turkish Delight.

“Returning to Northern New South Wales, the area I grew up in, and sharing good food is fulfilling in so many ways. I am fascinated witnessing the way our Green and Red Harissa Chilli Pastes evoke such varied responses – everything from pleasure to panic.’

Rob and Chillis

Rob at home with some of his favourite chilli plants

ROB lived in London for more than a decade, with many trips through Europe, Asia and Africa. Food is usually at the centre of what he does, whether it’s doing cooking courses while holidaying in India or entertaining friends and family at home. “Eating good food is important to our family, so we make sure that every product we sell is something that we would enjoy eating. We have to know where all the ingredients come from – and that they are still fresh when we get them. We don’t add preservatives to our products.

“If we can buy the ingredients locally, we do. And no matter if it’s spices, or buying fresh tomatoes or organic garlic, we buy only the best, regardless of price, because it makes a difference to our products’ taste.”

“I am attracted to the creative nature of cooking, and want to bring fabulous smells and tastes alive and share them with others. Now that people can buy our Spice Blends and Dukkah online, it opens up a whole new world of people we can share our food with.”