Everyday Exotic Spices

"Grocery and gourmet : Exotic herbs and spices for everyday cooking."

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Everyday Exotic Spices spotlights an herb or spice  and provides site visitors an opportunity to share their favorite recipes using that ingredient, add links, post comments, etc.

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EES also shines the spotlight on other quality food products to enhance your dining experience, suggests cookbooks, recommends kitchen tools and appliances to make meal preparation and entertaining guests much easier, and collects and shares tidbits of information, trivia, etc. from foodies all around the web.


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Veggie Panini Recipes

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM

"Paninis are more than just sandwiches, they're a way of life in Italy! ... Typically made on ciabatta bread, or focaccia bread, paninis can also be very high in fat. However, if you use veggies as your base, you can have delicious and healthy veggie paninis that will taste unbelievably tasty...you won't miss the fat and meat at all!"


Veggie Panini Recipes





Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler



Everyday Exotic Suggested Gift Item: Gourmet Sea Salt

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Assuming you don't have to avoid salt because of dietary restrictions.  Explore the world of salt.  Each salt will taste different and have a different use.  Your mouth will probably think it's party time in exotic places like Hawaii, India, and Bolivia.



  • A Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler of 11 Premium Finishing Salts
  • Bali Pyramid, Apple Wood Smoked, El Salvador - Qab-nab Taab
  • Bolivian Sunset, Fleur De Sel, Hawaiian Red Alaea
  • Murray River Pink, Cyprus White Flake, Pacific Blue Kosher, India Black - kala Namak
  • Bali Coconut and Lime Smoked


Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler of 11 Finishing Salts

Harvesting and Storing Spices and Herbs in the Freezer

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:45 PM

EXCERPT:

"... As long as spices are whole, you can safely keep them tightly capped in a kitchen cupboard. But when you release their oils by crackling or grinding them, you multiply their surface area at least eight - fold and expose them to their enemy - oxygen. Then the spices belong in the freezer. ..."



Spices and Herbs - Harvesting and Storing
Spices and Herbs in the Freezer




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Herbs and Spices For Your Desserts

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Cooking tip.  Experiment with different spices to create desserts that help you think out of the box.  New ideas on how to use herbs and spices ...


Herbs and Spices for Your Desserts


100CafeStreet.com - Desserts, coffee and tea



Picture below of Arab sweets. Can you imagine what kinds of spices must be in them?



The Uses Of Herbs And Spices

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:15 PM

EXCERPT:

"If archaeological discoveries are anything to go by, the coriander you used last night to garnish your chicken curry was first discovered at an excavation site in Israel from around 10000 BC.  ..."



The Uses Of Herbs And Spices




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Geographic Spice Index for African and Middle Eastern Cuisines

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Interested in exploring world cuisines?  You know the food is all about the herbs and spices no matter what part of the world you're in.  If you can combine them correctly you can go back home and recreate the tasty wonders you experienced.  Came across an interesting informational link. It's an index that helps you find herbs and spices by arranging them according to the region: Africa, America, Asia, etc.


Click here: GEOGRAPHIC SPICE INDEX


Some of the more popular spices for African and Middle Eastern cuisines are suggested below.




Kefta - Moroccan Meatball Spice

Kefta spice blend is an authentic Moroccan recipe which includes: Coriander, Cumin, Spearmint, Paprika, Cayenne, Marjoram, Garlic, and other spices.





100% Sumac Spice

Sumac is a very popular condiment in Turkey and Iran, where the ground fruits are liberally sprinkled over rice. Mixed with freshly cut onions, it is frequently eaten as an appetizer.

 



 




Couscous Spice Mix

Cous Cous is the traditional meal of Morocco, usually prepared with at least seven different vegetables.

Ingredients are:  peppercorns, ras el hanout, ginger, nutmeg, yellow curry, sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper.


Ras El Hanout

Ras el Hanout – Ingredients include over 30 different herbs and spices, such as: Grains of Paradise, Lavender, turmeric, ajawan seeds, kalajeera, ginger, galangal, oris root, rose buds, monk's pepper, cinnamon and more!  Native to Morocco, every spice vendor in the region has its own original blend recipe.

Ras el Hanout literally means “head of the store” or the “best spice mixture” a merchant has to offer.







 

Preserved Lemons

With their soft and subtle flavor, preserved lemons add mild zing to countless North African and Mediterranean dishes.These lemons, preserved in salt and lemon juice, taste like nothing else. They turn sour and salty. Try little pieces in greens salads, or tucked into baked sweet potatoes, cooked with greens, or added to a stew or soup. Use the lemons wherever you need a tart, spicy accent.

 

On a Roll With Escarole: Escarole and Bell Peppers With Olive Oil

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Escarole a.k.a. common chicory, broad chicory, or Batavian endive, is a vegetable that I recently discovered can be cooked in a variety of delicious recipes.


View my recipe collection.

 



TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - MOREL

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM


MOREL:

A wild mushroom shaped like a folded parasol with a distinct nutty flavor. Morels are most easily obtained dried.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)


TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - It's French!

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM


AU GRATIN:

Topped with crumbs and/or cheese and browned in the oven or under the broiler.


AU JUS:

A French term meaning served with unthickened natural juices that develop during roasting.


AU LAIT:

A French term meaning served with milk.

 

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)



TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - CORNICHONS

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM


CORNICHONS:

Small French-style sour pickled cucumbers no more than two inches or so in length.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)



TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - CRUDITES

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 9:50 AM


CRUDITES:

An assortment of raw vegetables, i.e., carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, served as an hors d'oeuvre often accompanied by a dip.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)



TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - ARROWROOT

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 9:25 AM


ARROWROOT:

A starch obtained from the rhizome of a West Indian plan. Sold as a dried and milled white powder. Does not mask or alter natural flavors. Produces sauces and pastes of remarkable clarity. Use as a thickening agent in place of flour or cornstarch for fruit sauces, pie fillings, puddings, salad dressings, dessert sauces, vegetable sauces, and meat glazes. Do not use to make gravy. Arrowroot reaches maximum thickening at lower temperatures than other thickeners, thus it is ideal for use with heat sensitive foods.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)


  • Do you have a recipe using your favorite spice or spice blend that you want to share??  Post your comments, include a link, etc.   We welcome your interaction here OR find our page on Facebook and post to our wall.


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TODAY'S COOKING TERM: REFRESH

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 9:15 AM


REFRESH:

To run cold water over food that has been parboiled, to stop the cooking process quickly.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_cooking.html)




TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - MADEIRA

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM


MADEIRA:

Sweet-amber dessert wine originated on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)



TODAY'S COOKING TERM: Food - CANAPE

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 8:50 AM


CANAPE:

Plain or toasted bread or crackers topped with a savory mixture, served as an appetizer or with cocktails.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_food.html)


How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 6:15 PM


This cookbook has been recommended by some as "the new kitchen bible".

The author, Mark Bittman, is one of America's best-known, most widely respected food writers.

This book offers a new collection of delicious recipes, from fried eggs to steamed mussels, along with practical tips and helpful photos.  Learn fundamental techniques and variation ideas for modifying or customizing recipes.  Available in Hardcover and Kindle edition.

How to Cook Everything The Basics:
All You Need to Make Great Food -- With 1,000 Photos


Feel free to preview.  Click text link or image.


LOOK INSIDE





TODAY'S COOKING TERM: FLAMBE

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 4:20 PM

FLAMBE':

To flame foods by dousing in some form of potable alcohol and setting alight.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_cooking.html)



TODAY'S COOKING TERM: FRICASSEE

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 10:40 AM


FRICASSEE:

To cook by braising; usually applied to fowl or rabbit.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_cooking.html)


On a Roll With Escarole: Chickpea Escarole Stew

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Escarole a.k.a. common chicory, broad chicory, or Batavian endive, is a vegetable that I recently discovered can be cooked in a variety of delicious recipes.

 

I have collected a few recipes and want to share them with my Everyday Exotic Spices fans.  Hope you all enjoy them.


TODAY'S RECIPE:  

Chickpea Escarole Stew


  • By Molly Watson, About.com Guide
    "Loosely based on leblebi, a Tunisian breakfast soup, this chickpeas and escarole stew is a quick and easy one-dish dinner. …"


TODAY'S COOKING TERM: TRUSS

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 9:25 AM


TRUSS:

To secure poultry with string or skewers, to hold its shape while cooking.

(Source:  www.d.umn.edu/~alphanu/cookery/glossary_cooking.html)



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