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Oct 17, 2020 - 4:22:16 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14250 posts since 9/27/2007

Where would we be without them? We were talking at work about poisonous mushrooms that pop up here at this time of year. Death cap mushrooms.

Every herb & spice had to be tried out by one brave person first. Trial & error.

When I look down a list like this it brings back a lot of memories!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_culinary_herbs_and_spices

Oct 17, 2020 - 5:13:50 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17094 posts since 6/5/2008

There have been no new plants brought under cultivation in recorded history.
The real modifications in plant breeding didn't get started until Gregor Mendel spilled the facts of life about genetic inheritance in plants. He picked peas as a blunt and obvious example.

I eat less of very well seasoned food.
Today is supposed to be National Pasta Day.
I like to roll Italian Mixed Herbs into mine and cut it as linguini.
What else should work?

Oct 17, 2020 - 8:11:24 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23972 posts since 6/25/2005

“Herbs & Spices” — good name for a banjo or fiddle tune.

Oct 18, 2020 - 4:58:54 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24968 posts since 8/3/2003

I use spices in just about everything I cook. I don't like bland food. I prefer it well seasoned because...... it tastes better and is more enjoyable to eat.

I can't imagine chili without chili powder and cumin. I can't imagine enchiladas without jalapenos and/or tomatillo sauce. I can't imagine a pot roast without salt, pepper, garlic and any other seasonings you want on it. Pumpkin pie without cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves wouldn't taste right. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:08:45 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

14250 posts since 9/27/2007

I guess we have a pretty bland bunch here! What got me thinking about this is that we've been making jerk chicken & pork. Allspice berries are an important part of it.

The BBQ recipe I found has a smoke packet that includes allspice berries. The smell & taste is unbelievable! It makes me want to find some wood or leaves of the pimento tree to put in my smoker box,

I use a lots of herbs & spices in my bacon cure . I include ground allspice .

I used to buy corned beef that was already spiced & when I read up on how to make it said if you buy it & it comes with a spice packet throw it away. I wouldn't do that but add more of your own pickling spice. It includes allspice too.

When it comes to a spice mix like Cajun spice it's far tastier to make your own with freshly ground spices.

I do appreciate some things like ribs or beef with just salt & fresh ground pepper sometimes to let the meat shine through. I was raised where salt, pepper & chili powder were the only spices in the rack. My Mother never even had garlic in the house! 

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:20:15 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

14250 posts since 9/27/2007

SEE! Sherry gets it! I couldn't imagine a roast chicken without fresh rosemary, thyme & sage! 

Powdered don't cut it.

Oct 18, 2020 - 8:31:50 AM
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Paul R

Canada

13197 posts since 1/28/2010

There was an old cartoon showing officers arresting Colonel Sanders. One bystander says to another, "They found out what was in that secret mixture of eleven different herbs and spices."

Oct 18, 2020 - 8:42:10 AM
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DC5

USA

13865 posts since 6/30/2015

We take most spices for granted today, but wars have been fought over them, and trade routes developed just to move spices from one place to another. Much like today where $1 is the nominal minimum fee for something, like $1 a year to lease the land for a college, 1 peppercorn was used in the past.

Oct 18, 2020 - 9:09:39 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

14250 posts since 9/27/2007

We use a mix of red, green, white & black peppercorns in our grinder for a little more kick.

Oct 18, 2020 - 9:27:14 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17094 posts since 6/5/2008

Marco Polo returned to Europe and explained where the Silk Road began.
Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves were the BIG THREE. Peppercorns were not far behind.
Marine navigation skills had to improve in a hurry both to get there and to get back home.
Have you read "Nathaniel's Nutmeg?" A text of primary sources.

'kandij' is a 12,000 year old Sanskrit word which means exactly the same thing today.

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:28:45 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14250 posts since 9/27/2007

I've been seeing Meyers Lemons in mesh bags these days. i know they're good but not sure what to with them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyer_lemon

wow! They sound healthy!

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:51:18 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14250 posts since 9/27/2007

Up 'till lately I've grown Bay Laurel trees. The winters are too cold now & I need a place to keep one inside.

https://www.ruralsprout.com/grow-bay-laurel/

If I lived in the south I would have one in a pot or in the ground for sure. 

Oct 18, 2020 - 10:00:06 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17094 posts since 6/5/2008

Meyer Lemon? I'd buy some first and figure out afterwards what to do with them.
Might even be good with dry vermouth on ice.

Oct 19, 2020 - 6:57:29 AM
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rinemb

USA

12558 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

I've been seeing Meyers Lemons in mesh bags these days. i know they're good but not sure what to with them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyer_lemon

wow! They sound healthy!


Brine them.  and just keep the the jars of brined meyers lemons in the fridge for shelf life.  Yummy in many uses.  I have not done it in a while.  I am sure youtube can help.  Brad

Oct 19, 2020 - 7:02:14 AM
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rinemb

USA

12558 posts since 5/24/2005

We grow several herb gardens in the spring/summer.
The "German" in my wife, always defaults to simply salt and black pepper, with sometimes some garlic powder. bay leaves in about everything with a liquid.
But we use paprika and smoked paprika a lot. I use a store bought "season all" a lot.
Our primary fresh herbs are: sweet basil, chive, rosemary, thyme, parsley, dill, and cilantro.
secondary are many I cant think of presently.
Brad

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