Turmeric in My Spice Cupboard

Raw Turmeric - member of the Rhizome Family

Raw Turmeric – member of the Rhizome Family

Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric (haldi or hadur)… all the rage now! Everyone wants to talk about turmeric. And why not, there have been loads of evidence-based research that turmeric contains curcumin (not cumin) believed to be a cancer-fighting component.  And it is a powerful anti-inflammatory too, amongst others. Continue reading

Introducing My Spice Cupboard

 

Masala Dabha - Spice tray with whole spices

Masala Dabha – Spice tray with Several whole spices

 

Spices, Spices, Spices…. So many, so little time.

It has been sometime now that the ‘wheels have been turning’ and about time I say!  I’ve been working on adding a separate page to my blog describing the spices I use in my kitchen.  On this page, called My Spice Cupboard, I’d like to incorporate a list of spices, as well as a description of each spice, one spice post at a time.  Therefore building My Spice Cupboard (not yet up) over a period of time.

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Indian Spices 101 Cooking Class

Recently, I was fortunate enough to teach a class on Indian Spices to a bunch of very enthusiastic participants!  It was such a fun class to teach.  After sharing my knowledge of the various Indian spices with everyone, they made a curry in class and were confident enough to experiment with the spices at home too.

Here’s a couple of photos from the class.  Some photos are courtesy of the participants.

 

Masala table

A sample of spices

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Masala Eggplant in Jersey City

Conjuring up this dish brings back fond memories of living in a highrise apartment in Jersey City, right along the Hudson River. The whiff of the nigella seeds toasting in oil, reminds me of floating blocks of ice gliding across the river in front of me as I peered out of the large windows framing the Manhattan skyline.

Masala Eggplant Close up

Usually in the evening, with my pots simmering away in my awesome little kitchen – I’d sit near the window and gaze across the river into the city, waiting patiently for my husband to come home. Now, now, don’t get carried away with your imagination, it was not like an Indian movie…and I was surely not wearing a sari. Well not on that day anyway ;) Continue reading

Moroccan Sausage Rolls

Moroccan Sausage Rolls have become an all time favorite in my household.  My first encounter with these moist, crumbly and crunchy lamb sausage rolls was at Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney, Austrialia.  Literally, one bite into these delectable goodies and I was hooked, I know, I know it does seem rather cliche but really they were sooooo damn good!

Moroccan Sausage Rolls

The harissa, a moroccan spice blend, in this recipe gives the sausage roll a warm bite and the added raisins, a gentle sweetness.  I cheated a bit in this recipe, yes I did, and bought a jar of harissa instead of making it from scratch as stipulated in the original recipe… and they taste just as good. I would sincerely suggest you try this recipe, you’re going to thank me you did cause these crunchy puffs of savory goodness are so worth it!

My love for ‘meat pies’ ignited when I was a wee little one. My mum made delicious chicken pies that I loved dunking into ketchup, then and now too. Another favorite, was the ever popular ‘steak pie‘ a local favorite in Zimbabwe.  Every cafe claimed to have the best steak pie. My favorite was a little cafe near my home in Harare – they made a flaky, buttery pastry that housed the juiciest chunks of beef, dotted with fat, in a peppery sauce.  Alas, the bakery is no more but I’m left with fond memories of peering through the glass counter and salivating at the glory that laid before me.

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Fall Classes after a Beautiful Summer

Farmers Market Tomatoes

 

Hello there my Dear Readers and Fellow Bloggers!

I know its been a while since I posted anything… I’ve just been busy soaking up the summer and its bounty with my family who was visiting from Zimbabwe and being spoilt rotten by them too.

I am so obsessed with sun ripened tomatoes right now that it’s almost crazy!  I don’t seem to be getting enough of them.  They taste great in a simple bread and butter sandwich sprinkled with freshly ground pepper and sea salt (my mum’s favorite) or served with mozzarella and drizzled with a fruity olive oil (my sister’s favorite) or cut thickly and quickly fried in ghee and served alongside a sunny side up egg (my dad’s favorite) – you get the picture!

Anyway, I would like to share with you my upcoming classes for the Fall.  I do hope that for those who do live close to the Twin Cities would give it a bash!

Here we go – the following Classes for this Fall.

Indian Spices 101

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My First Award!

wordpress family blog award         I, recently, was kindly nominated my first award by Hotdish.  I humbly accept her nomination and am truly happy to be part of the wonderful blogosphere of food writers.  Thank you! If you haven’t already, you may want to take a peek at HotDish’s Blog. I enjoy reading her posts, as she focuses on a single dish she has eaten at a particular restaurant on her many travels. Go on take a look… you won’t be disappointed.

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