When Fall arrives,my mind immediately emerges pictures of my favorite dishes in which I ALWAYS put additional spices to flavor them up.Those are my favorite warm comfort foods with a couple of spice twists that makes them taste even better and enhance the feeling of joy.
These are most used warming spices to get you started with your own happiness for the cooler days to come.
It is an exotic,floral and sweet smelling spice.It is one of the most exquisite of spices both in its looks and aroma. It comes in shades of beautiful red and yellow-orange. The red ones have better quality, and yellow ones are the second grade.
You need only one to 2-4 threads of saffron per cup of base, whatever yours may be. If you use it in milk, it needs to be warmed, and then add your saffron to color and flavor it. It taste so beautifully elevating that saffron milk is ritually served to newlywed couples in India.
It is also good in using it as addition when you prepare risotto-it gives wonderful yellowish-red shade to it.
Its aroma reminds on of eucalyptus flavor, slightly sweet but strong with a bit of lemony taste. It is on a second place after saffron and vanilla by its cost.It can be used in sweet, but in savory dishes as well.The seeds inside are crushed or ground before using. This is a wonderful spice to wake up your senses and prepare you on for a tough day.
My favorite spice for sweet meals or healthy breakfast add on.It smells amazingly,it blows my mind with its sweet smell,woody taste -in one word: truly warm,delicate spice.
Is there a cookie,or sweet bread,or Christmas Eve dinner without this flavor incorporated? NO!
It has camphor-like warm smell,and hot peppery taste.It is good to chew it against sore throat(it is not my favorite since it reminds me to a dentist office).Clove,orange and cinnamon flavors are everybody’s favorite in enjoying the delights of a holiday season to come.
When using it in a dish, be sure to use the smallest amount required, so its flavor will not take over other tastes and aromas. Once the dish is made,remove the clove.
Its hot taste makes all the soups taste better.Black pepper increases the bio-availability of many spices, including turmeric.In old ancient times,pepper was put on a wet towel with some alcohol drops on it for curing a sore throat.It does burn your skin a little bit,but you will no more have a sore throat.
Its smell will remind you of a smell of a fresh ginger,but it also has an amazing woody and earthy taste if dried.This one of the most researched of spices, and it’s extremely potent even in tiny culinary quantities.
If you want to get the most benefits out of this spice, try using it raw and grated in dishes and try cooking more with it.It gives a lovely note to a dish.
It has rich smell reminding of thyme and nutty,earthy taste. Cumin is a seed from a beautiful cumin plant, and it belongs to the parsley family. If you are fan of cooked grains, adding a teaspoon of cumin can make so much difference in taste.
Tips For Buying Spices
- Always buy small quantities of the best-quality spices. Turning on to larger quantities and cheaper versions is not smart idea when it comes to spices.
- Buy whole spices and process them as you need
- Powdered ones have decreased volume of smell and taste
- Try buying them fresh if possible,of course if you have such an option.They smell and taste so much better!
Spice up your favorite dishes…you might be pleasantly surprised!