Today, I've mostly been thinking about Michael McIntyre's Spices sketch...
...as I've been tidying my kitchen cupboards! (Do watch it- it's so true!)
Is it only in my household that herbs and spices breed in the cupboards and drawers? This is what lay before me once I'd got them all out...
|Actually, there was even more to the right of the shot!|
There was enough ginger to provide the whole of Jamaica with a slice of Ginger Cake, adequate mixed spice for hot cross buns for every Easter I'm likely to see (and probably a few more besides), and sufficient peppercorns for a whole herd of steaks au poivre...I could go on!
I amalgamated and sorted, then put them in roughly alphabetical order. Sounds mad, but now at least I can easily see what there is, to avoid doubling up when I try a recipe that requires some more obscure spice that I think I haven't got. I was amazed how many of the jars have contents beginning with 'c'!
So now I have a drawer and an overflow shelf of quite well-organised jars and I am making two resolutions:
a) to check very carefully before buying any herbs or spices
b) to find recipes to try out in order to make better use of all these different flavours!
Anyone got any ideas for asafoetida?