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A Few of My Favorite Things: Spice Mix Edition

Posted Dec 7 2018 in ,

I love spices. I have two full racks above my stove, and could easily use another for my “most commonly used spices”.  I really enjoy mixing and grinding my own.  I have an old Baby-Bullet (which doesn’t get much use now that my “baby” is in elementary school) that is now dedicated to spice grinding.

 

Ras El Hanout

Bar-none my favorite spice mix.  I have about 6 different recipes or recipe variations where this is the primary spice profile. I have my favorite recipe for this in my recipe area. I love it with beef, chicken or lamb, and it’s amazing with lentils. It has a lot of flavor without being hot/spicy.

Berbere Spice

Another of my favorites. Berbere is a spice mix used in Ethiopian cuisine.  It’s crazy flavorful and spicy, especially when you mistake hot paprika for smoked paprika!

Jerk Seasoning

Jerk seasoning is a traditional Jamaican spice, which includes (among many other things) Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and garlic. It’s amazing on chicken and pork, served with pineapple.

Harissa

Harissa comes as either a spice mix or spice paste.  It’s primarily found in Tunisian cuisine. The spice mix is made from a variety of chiles, caraway seeds,  coriander, cumin, salt and garlic, and ground tomatoes. Peppers and onions are added to make the paste.  This is amazing on roasted vegetables like carrots, zucchini or squash.

Baharat

This is a spice mix s a spice mixture or blend used in Middle Eastern cuisine. While there are a bunch of variations, my favorite combines allspice, black pepper, cardamom, cassia, cloves, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, turmeric, saffron, ginger and hot paprika. I love it as a marinade/spice rub for red meat.

Herbes de Province

This is a french herb mix. It’s made from savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, and tastes really good in soups and stews.

Chinese Five Spice

While there are a bunch of variations, Chinese Five Spice is made primarily of Star anise, cloves,  cinnamon, peppers, and fennel. I love it with pork, sliced apples and cabbage.

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Mix Tape Edition

Posted Nov 30 2018 in ,

A while back, whilst riding around town with my fellow, I asked him what CDs were in the player. He shrugged. “I don’t know that I’ve ever put a CD in here.” (And yet, according to the display there were three. He’s had the car for almost two years, so that was amusing.) So eject was pushed, and out popped 3 CDs. One of them was a generic CD with Sharpie labeling that read, “To Anna with Love.”

I am the sort of goober who loves a) any gift where love and thought are the primary ingredients, and b) a good love story… so of course we had to listen to it.  As I recall, whoever loved Anna had pretty good tastes in music and my fellow and I very much enjoyed the impromptu concert.

Recently, said fellow was having a rough week.

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