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Spicy Cranberry Chutney

Be different this thanksgiving and wow your guests with a knock out spicy cranberry chutney to go with your turkey. This creative recipe comes from Bo’s Bowl a wonderful food blog.

Indian Spiced Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 2inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tbs chopped ginger root
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 serrano chiles, chopped
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Method:

  1. In a large sauce pan over a medium flame heat the vegetable oil.
  2. Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon stick,  and cloves.
  3. Allow them to sizzle until they become fragrant, around 10 to 15 seconds.  Then add the ginger, garlic, and serrano chiles and saute for about 3 minutes.  Then add the cranberries.
  4. Cook until the cranberries start to bust open.  Then add the brown sugar and continue to cook until the sugar is dissolved.

November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm 1 comment

Fun Recipe Ideas for Pumpkin

We all love pumpkins selecting the perfect one for the front steps or carving them to light up at night, but the possibilities with cooking are endless. So next time you visit the pumpkin patch be sure to pick up a few more for cooking!

  • Add to soup with cumin, cinnamon and turmeric
  • Make a classic American pie with our signature pumpkin spice blend
  • Make muffin pumpkins for a new twist on the morning muffin with coffee
  • Make a Japanese style custard with it and serve in the shell
  • Or why not use pumpkin puree as a change from mashed potato with a dash of curry powder added
  • Make a pumpkin cheesecake and wow your guests at Thanksgiving
  • Make a Bangladeshi and lamb curry
  • Mix the flesh with meat, North African spices and rice
  • oh and don’t forget the seeds roast them in the oven for a nutritious snack later

November 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Fun Facts on AllSpice

  • Allspice seasoning is derived from the dried berry of the Allspice tree
  • The tree got its name when the British couldn’t decide which spice it was so named it all spice
  • It has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • The oil is exacted and often used in cosmetics such as the mens fragrance old spice
  • Allspice is native to Jamaica and central America with most of the Worlds allspice being grown in Jamaica
  • In the 19th Century Russian soldiers added allspice to their boots to keep their feet warm
  • The Arawak Indians of the Caribbean used the spice to cure meat
  • Allspice can be used as berries, freshly ground or as a powder

Recipe Ideas:

  • Pickling fish such as Herring in Scandinavia
  • In marinades
  • In pates
  • Add to sausages and terrines
  • Add to cakes and pies
  • Add to Christmas pudding
  • Use to make Jamaican pork Jerk
  • Add to soups and pureed root vegetables

So the next time you get allspice how will you use this most versatile of spices?

October 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Lemon and Spice Drizzle Cake

The following recipe comes from Chow and Chatter, it shows how a little spice can turn a plain cake into a crowd pleaser!
Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 4 oz self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of allspice
  • a little juice of Meyer lemon
  • 2 teaspoon of lemon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoon bakers sugar
  • hot water

Method:

  1. cream the sugar and butter till light and fluffy
  2. mix in the eggs and flour and a little lemon juice
  3. bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes
  4. let the cake cool

then mix bakers sugar with hot water and the lemon peel to make a glaze, pour over the cake and let cool, sprinkle with allspice

October 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Sumac Spiced Summer Salad

The following recipe comes from Chow and Chatter:

Ingredients:

  • a big bowl full of mixed greens
  • one tomato quartered
  • a hand full of blueberries
  • one small Persian cucumber sliced
  • one tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • sumac powder sprinkled on the top to taste
  • about 8 wedges of chaumes

Method:

  1. simple toss all the ingredients together and enjoy with fresh ciabatta or a French baguette

August 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Fun Facts on Pepper

  • Pepper is the number one selling spice in America
  • Pepper comes in many colors, green, black, red and white but all comes from the same plant, the color is related to how ripe it is and how it has been processed
  • Pepper is native to India and grows as a tall vine with the peppercorns as flowering drupes
  • It has been used in cooking for over 2000 years!
  • Pepper was mostly eaten by the wealthy in the past as it was so expensive and sort after, traders formed spice routes from India to Europe and would often fight over them
  • In the Middle ages a mans wealth was measured by his stock pile of pepper
  • The Romans would even demand pepper as a ransom when besieging a city
  • Pepper gets its kick from the compound peperine
  • Pepper loses its flavor and aroma through evaporation so its best to keep it in an airtight container
  • Consider using whole peppercorns and grinding just before use to maintain flavor and add near the end of cooking

Recipe ideas:

  • black pepper chicken
  • top pasta dishes with freshly ground mixed pepper
  • add to omelets
  • roast asparagus with pepper
  • add to soups

There are endless ways to season with pepper, next time you buy pepper how will you use it?

August 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Spotlight on Sumac

Sumac is a flowering plant that grows  in subtropical and temperate climates, like Africa, The Middle East and right here in the US. The fruits from Sumac scrubs form dense clusters of reddish drupes. These drupes are then dried to make a purple spice. Sumac powder is popular in Middle Eastern and Turkish Cuisine.

Sumac powder imparts a wonderful lemony taste to meat dishes and salad, it was even used by American Indians to make a lemonade type drink. In Arab cuisine it also serves as a pretty garnish for Meze often sprinkled on the top of Baba ganoush and humus.

Recipe Ideas:

  • sumac lemonade
  • sumac meringue pie
  • sumac seasoned salad
  • sumac grilled chicken
  • sauteed green beans with tomatoes and sumac
  • sumac kebabs

The next time you buy sumac, how will you use it?

August 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm 3 comments

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