“What Is Ghee?”

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“What is Ghee?” and “Is it bad for you?” Two questions I’m asked, over and over and over again.

I love talking about ghee and it makes me happy.  So…

“FOR THE LOVE OF GHEE!”

I’m finally able to share with you what I know about it.  Without further adieu, I introduce to you, my GHEE FACTS page.   Ghee in its solid state

Turmeric and Cumin Spiced Potatoes

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The potato craving usually hits hard in the winter when I need some good ol’ comfort food that will stick to my ribs and satisfy my need for warmth… if only for a while. These potatoes, spiced with turmeric and green chilis does just that.

I would have to agree, sweet potato is the healthier option as it contains a tonne of good stuff, especially vitamins A and C.  I cook with these naturally sugary potatoes often, but for this recipe only a good old fashioned potato will do.  I occasionally cook potatoes much to my husband’s dismay, as he loves them in his curry.  Every now and then I make a potato dish I call ‘batata fry‘. Continue reading

Cloves in My Spice Cupboard

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Cloves (lavang or laung) are the dried flower buds of an evergreen tree.  It’s heady aroma immediately wafts out of my spice box when it’s opened.  It has a strong distinct woodsy smell, and a bite into the bud will immediately release a warm sweet heat in your mouth.

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Curry Leaf infused Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving is a holiday we absolutely adore!  It’s my son’s favorite!  We have for several years now celebrated it in our home with the whole shebang.  I brine the turkey for a couple of days and then dry rub it with loads of spices just before shoving it into the oven for several hours.  As it leaves it’s warm cocoon, the golden bird is greeted with all the glory of a coronation, with many eyes feasting on its magnificence. Continue reading

Coriander in My Spice Cupboard

As promised, I am sticking to my plan of introducing one spice at a time to My Spice Cupboard and heres one more – Coriander.

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Coriander (dhania) Seeds  are the seeds of a mature cilantro plant. The tannish yellow globes are very light in weight and have a subtle citrus flavor. They are grown in Europe and in India too. The coriander seeds grown in India tend to have a more of a citrusy flavor. When selecting them at the store, they Continue reading

Turmeric and Lemon scented Crunchy Anchovies

Anchovies sprinkled with turmeric and paprika

Growing up in Zimbabwe I ate little fish called ‘kapenta’ – basically a fesh water anchovy.  My mum would marinate them in lemon juice, sea salt and turmeric and Continue reading

Cumin in My Spice Cupboard

Cumin, can be added to many curries as a seed or ground into a powder. In fact, one of the popular spices in most curries IS cumin, believe it or not.

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are slightly crescent shaped with ridges appearing lengthwise around them.  Don’t let the seeds fool you, they may look dry and dusty but the magic is all inside.  In seed form they taste earthy with pungent undertones.

Cumin seeds are used either at the initial stage of cooking a curry or they are popped in hot oil and sprinkled at the end as a garnish.  The hot oil enhances the deep and nutty aroma of the spice. The flavor of the cumin really kicks in when it is cooked.

The most dramatic of techniques, to intensify its flavor, would be to fry it in a little oil or ghee, at a really high temperature until it starts popping. Becareful not to burn them at this stage. If you do, it is best to throw it out and restart with some fresh oil. Continue reading