Friday, July 17, 2009

Let's spice it up!

Okay, so I told you why I am doing this blog and I did a couple videos. Not too hard, considering we had to eat dinner and that was the menu (we have to work on our lighting, but that is a different story).

But what should the first actual post talking about food be? I figured the best place to start was with my spices and dried herbs. These are the "go to" seasonings that I can't live without and whenever I am in a pinch or a little lazy they are the first place I go.

Starting with the spices: Mexican Chili Powder, Paprika (roasted or smoked are nice too), Cumin, Cayenne and Cinnamon.
And the herbs: Parsley, Basil and Oregano.

Combine these with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt and 9 times out of 10 I have everything I need. With the exception of Cinnamon (used mainly for desserts and breakfast), I combine the above herbs and spices in almost any combination with a protein. To date it has kept the family happy and doesn't lead to dinner burnout.

Two notable exceptions are garlic and onion powder, our children do not do well nursing when my wife has had either of these. Hence for the last year they have not been part of the diet (except for a trick I learnt from Heston Blumenthal which I will get to in a later post).

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