Daily Challenge Tuesday May. 08, 2012
Use a new herb or spice, or use an old favorite in a new dish.
How to do it
Take a look at your spice rack and see what's in there. Chances are that you've got some tasty flavors just waiting to be tried! Pull out one or more, depending on your level of daring, and add some to a dish you're going to prepare.
Why it matters
Herbs and spices are an age-old way to bring depth to a dish and add flavors that make it sing. But many people get stuck in a rut and use the same things over and over. Why not give something new a shake, and see how it affects the flavor? You may create a super, new dish. More bonuses of herbs and spices: They don't have any salt, so using them can be a way to get flavor without excess sodium. And they add so much punch that you may not need to use as much oil, butter, or other fats.
Pepper used to be such a precious commodity that it would only be doled out in very small amounts. The custom of grinding precious pepper on restaurant patrons' food is a relic of that era, even though the spice is widely available today.
I bought some cardamom. I like the smell and taste in foods I have had but does anyone know how to use it? Do you grind it ? There are tiny kernnels that don't taste good.
Fresh mint in our quinoa and chickpeas...yummy!
Garlic is my absolute favorite but I add a touch of many others in almost all foods I cook. We like flavor in this house
Karen W. replied May 14, 2012 at 13:06 UTC:
I do the Once a Month Mom freezer cooking, and her menus usually have some new-to-me herb or spice in them. This month it was dry mustard. Last month was Bay Leaves & Sriracha Chili Sauce.
Improvising a baked salmon dish that included celtic sea salt, cayenne, paprika, black strap molasses, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and onions. I've never really attempted a savory-sweet-rich-bitter combo quite like this w/ salmon.
Tried putting thyme & dried coriander in my chicken dishes. It turned out great! Thanks DC for a great idea! :)
Italian seasoning in tomato sauce.
We tried anisette in our water/veggie stir-fry. Turned out great!
Have a great day everyone! :-)
quotes and such...
The Universe is not punishing you or blessing you. The Universe is responding to the vibrational attitude that you are emitting. The more joyful you are, the more Well-being flows to you — and you get to choose the details of how it flows--- Abraham, Jerry & Esther
Excerpted from the workshop in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, February 24th, 2001 # 433
Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor, Latin lex parsimoniae) is the law of parsimony, economy or succinctness. It is a principle urging one to select among competing hypotheses that which makes the fewest assumptions and thereby offers the simplest explanation of the effect.
Evolution is a fact.
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