Friday, April 3, 2015

A Modest Digression

Donkey blog purists will perhaps raise an eyebrow or give a slight shake of the head when they see this post has no connection whatsoever to donkeys.  None.

But let me explain.

Recently I finished reading "The Hundred Foot Journey" -- perhaps you saw the movie with Helen Mirren -- in which an Indian boy's family moves to France and eventually opens an Indian restaurant. He speaks fondly of the aromas and spices of his birth country's meals.

And then I watched "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".  Situated in India.

A few days later as I was thinking about the evening's meal preparation, I remembered having purchased a spice of Indian origin.  And I had done nothing with it.  Well, of course, with India on the brain, I had to dig that spice packet out and test its properties.

 
   Garam Masala

While sauteing carrots I added a gentle shake of the finely ground brown powder.  It added just a touch of sweetness and perhaps smokiness.  Definitely a yes.

Should I delve further into "exotic" spices?

With what spices have you experimented?

9 comments:

  1. You should definitely experiment. I do. And if I don't like it, I don't use it again. I happen to be on a rosemary kick lately. But I'm dying to try garam masala.

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    1. Kathy, without turning this into a cooking blog, can you offer some suggestions for rosemary.

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  3. I've always thought that I would love Indian foods. The carrots sound good. You should try more. My husband hates trying new dishes. Got to be meat and potatoes and the usual vegetables. So boring. He doesn't like casseroles even. Oh, and we have salmon quite often. :)

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    1. Being a primarily vegetarian household means looking at different ways to serve up fruit and veggies. Brussel sprouts and a quiche tonight. Yumm...

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