Why Trouble & Spice?

Food memories stay with us like the street food of Malaysia, the tempting scents of India, to the mouthwatering wafts of garlic and tomatoes in Italy. Meals unlock memories, spark conversations and bring us closer together.

Founder, Nicole McMahon, has travelled the world for 20 years, living across five continents and learning new flavours along the way. Living in Schiedam she missed some of the punchier flavours from her time in Asia and Africa and memories of her childhood in Australia. Flavour bomb crispy chilli oils were the answer to creating family meals everyone could enjoy; for a Dutch husband that craves boerenkool or a broodje kaas and a three-year-old that is still exploring new flavours. Nicole had a simple answer with condiments created from her food memories with local ingredients to adjust meals to each taste.

 Ciao Bella makes the simplest pasta a memorable meal with its crispy sage and garlic. Homely boerenkool becomes warmer and a little mysterious with Curry Bomb mixed through. Crunchy Spice adds crispies, chilies and a delicious aroma to rice, noodles or a cucumber salad. Smokin’ Senorita is spicy, smoky and a little seductive, the perfect compliment to tacos, or avocado toast.

 Make your meals a memory instead of a chore with Trouble & Spice.

Who is Trouble & Spice


I’m Nicole McMahon – a Mum, a chef, and an entrepreneur.

Picture this: It’s been a long, chaotic day, and you’re staring down the barrel of dinnertime. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen for hours. Well, fear not, because Trouble & Spice is here to be your secret kitchen helper.

With our crispy chilli oils, you can sprinkle some magic onto your dishes without breaking a sweat. Mild-medium heat but a whole lot of attitude, and no need to search for 17 abstract ingredients to get authentic flavours.

Trouble & Spice is all about transforming ordinary meals into extraordinary memories. With our crispy chilli oils, you can effortlessly elevate your dishes, giving you more time to cherish moments with your family. I believe every mealtime should be an opportunity to savour life’s joys.

Fussy kids? Forget boring meals, spice yours up at the table, just choose the cuisine that suits the meal, and add to taste. Give Trouble & Spice a try today, and let’s make your next meal truly unforgettable.


Nicole (who was, as a 6-year-old, affectionately nicknamed Trouble)


Trouble and Spice


Why Trouble?


Check out this kinder photo, that cheeky grin hinting at the mischief to come. As a kid, I was tiny and painfully shy outside of school. Something magical happened at school and I became loud, boisterous, and armed with a quick wit. The older kids joined me during breaktime, and in no time, they dubbed me “Trouble.” Almost like I was a cheeky puppy.

The nickname held both a hint of warning and a promise of unforgettable escapades.

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