How To Spice Things Up A Bit !!
Friday, May 04, 2012
Stuck in a rut ?? Feeling adventurous ??
Need to spice things up a bit with your loved one ??
Want to try something new ?? Ever wanted to be crazy & reckless ??
Want to make those "oooohs" a little louder & Make the "aahhhhs" a little stronger ??
Let's talk about spices.
I am enjoying this new life style and all the healthy choices that go along with it. I have eaten more chicken and seafood in the last two months, than ever before. This is okay because I love them both, especially seafood. Having these often requires some creative thinking to mix it up a little bit. I don't want to sound like an advertisement for my favorite online spice shop, but they are great !! myspicesage.com is where I have been shopping for all my spices for a couple of years now. There are many out there and I'm sure they are also very good.
I have been learning to use spices a lot lately. Trying different things and experimenting.
I have come up with many new spice blends to flavor all of my food with. From meats, seafood, veggies and more. If like me, you have been cutting out things like butter, oil and fried foods, There is a big flavor gap that happens when you do this. This gap must be filled with something or I would be eating very plain tasting food. Ever eat mashed potato's plain with no salt, pepper, butter, sour cream ect... Expand your flavor pallet with some good spices. And I don't mean the cheap stuff they sell in most grocery stores. Find yourself a local spice shop (hard to find) or go online and you will find many of them. To have fresh spices is a great thing to have in the kitchen. You may not think there is a difference, but you would be wrong. I ran out of Garlic powder last week and had to have it that night. I asked my girlfriend to stop by the grocery store and pick up a bottle. Here is the difference..... I have to use between 3 & 4 times as much to get any real flavor out of it :(
The website I buy from sells all kinds of different sizes. They also give you a free sample of any spice with every order. This gives me a perfect opportunity to try a new spice or spice blend for free. When I first started getting my spices online, I needed to get a nice spice rack to keep them in. I bought a nice looking 12 bottle set with a rack. I quickly realized that I would need another one. 24 Spices, WOW !! That seems like a lot. Now I could really use another rack !!
New & great flavors are just a good spice rack away. Having a lot of spices on hand is a great way to make the same old chicken, fish ect... Take on a whole new personality.
I do consider myself to be somewhat of a home chef. I learned from the best, my mom and anybody willing to share a recipe with me. I take a lot of pride in the fact that I am known for eating something out at a restaurant and then being able to recreate it at home, sometimes even better than the restaurant !! You may not have the need for 35 different spices if your not a great cook. Believe me when I tell you, if you knew what to do with them all, you would want 35 spices. To anybody that is still reading this as I babble on about spices, this is a list of spices I use all the time. From the most used to the least ( I do use them all )
garlic powder , onion powder , pink sea salt , pepper , cajun seasoning , chipotle powder , thyme , oregano , basil , sweet & smoked paprika , Chinese 5 spice powder , ginger , cayenne pepper , lemon pepper , garlic lemon pepper , applewood smoked sea salt , BBQ seasoning , chives , creole seasoning , mustard powder and a bunch of other ethnic spices for making Mexican, Indian and any other type of food you can think of.
SPICE THING UP !!!!!! Experiment and try new things. Leave out the butter & oil and other non healthy things for a whole new world of flavor !!! The website I go to, had full information on all the spices - where they come from, what they taste like and what to use them for.
Any site that has fresh spices & good prices is good with me !! If you want to check out my favorite then go to myspicesage.com.
This is the first time I have reccomended anything in a blog and I hope I am not breaking any silly rules. I'm sorry if I am.
I hope you all have a spicy day & keep making healthy & flavorful choices.