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Food Blog: My Herbs and Spices cupboard...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ok, so I was asked what I use for cooking.

soooo.... here it is!

First picture is the whole cupboard, top shelf has a few canned things for cooking, like the jack fruit or tofu, some liquid marinades, some Turkish stuffed things and gravy mixes.

Second picture is close up of the lower two shelves of things.... lots of wonderful stuff!

I buy a lot of spices from the relevant ethnicity's stores hence them being decanted into various recycled jars as they often just come in big bags.... like the giant bags of fennel seed and dried chillies!

I have whole and ground versions of some things like cumin and coriander, I have some spice mixes, but more often I make my own blends.

Bottles are things like palm vinegar, various kinds of oils (walnut, hazelnut, chipotle, sesame) soy sauce, hot sauces, pomegranate molasses and flavoured fine vinegars.

You don't NEED this if you are starting out with cooking... but it is so very tasty when you learn how to use more things!

Feel free to ask questions!
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  • MARTY728
    Interesting! In my cupboard spice section I have along with the usual spices in an American kitchen, we have Italian, Mexican and Chinese spices, sauces, oils, vinegars, etc. I am of Italian heritage and often cook Italian dishes. I love Mexican food and Chinese food and often prepare various dishes from these cuisines.

    In our home, my Wife cooks the evening meal Monday through Thursday and I do the clean-up and dishes. On Friday, it is pot luck, grab or fix what you what night and do your own clean-up and dishes. Our three children are good cooks and better then their Mother and I for some dishes. I cook the evening meal on Saturday and Sunday, once again doing the clean-up and dishes.
    1946 days ago
    Looks super. No wonder you are such a fabulous cook.
    1947 days ago
    That looks rather like my kitchen... it's remembering to use all the diffeent spices...!!
    1947 days ago
    Very colorful and makes me drool a little thinking about the cooking. My husband cooks Indian and Thai, some Peruvian, but no Ethiopian yet!
    1947 days ago
    I'm impressed! Makes my paprika, oregano, parsley, bay leaves and pepper selection look pathetic!! Look forward to hearing how you get on with preparing ethiopian food.

    Thankyou for your recent encouragement and support on my blog...it means so much to me and keeps me coming back emoticon emoticon
    1947 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Very nice!
    1947 days ago
    Oh, I've also learned to cook with different vinegars. Makes such an amazing difference when cooking cruciferous vegetables.
    1947 days ago
    This looks like my spice cabinet! When you learn to love and cook fresh natural foods, you learn how to pair spices with them. Makes me wonder how I lived so long only eating bland fatty tasteless food.
    1947 days ago
    Which leads me to ask: how often do you freshen your spices? I have been told that mine are too old. Really, this one of mint is only about 20 years old.
    1947 days ago
    I love spices and seasonings. Makes food much more interesting and fun. You have an awesome collection. Enjoy it all in good health! emoticon
    1947 days ago
    I think I'm somewhat in a rut. I should branch out more and try some new things. I could learn from your cupboard.
    1948 days ago
    You have an awesome selection and this is what makes the dishes that we make so yummy. I hope this give people some good ideas, I know that I got a few of my own! emoticon
    1948 days ago
    looks good . i would love to have a large storage place to put my spices and herbs . that was one thing never thought about until many years later . Need a pantry and utily closet . i would love to add twenty feet to our home . With just closets and storage places .
    1948 days ago
  • KITT52
    looks good...
    my brother asked me today, how do you know what goes good together.... I told him trail and error....start slow at one thing at a time and figure out what tastes good to you....it won't happen over night.....

    I love a lot of garlic, paprika , basil , thyme, plus a host of other things...

    thanks for sharing
    1948 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    Do you make Indian, Turkish and Chinese food from scratch?

    If so, can I come to your place for a cookery lesson? :-)
    1948 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/17/2012 3:38:40 PM
    1948 days ago
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