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Spices in Cooking

Discussion in 'Cohen's Lifestyle' started by shine, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. shine

    shine Active Member

    Sep 29, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I am taking this opportunity with Cohens to experiment with using spices in my cooking.

    I have just found some lovely basic and nearly all relevant (to Cohens) information that we could use with our cooking and wanted to share:

    I have edited out the irrelevant parts! And remember 1 teaspoon collectively of all condiments, herbs and spices per day.

    Say you want to give your steak a Moroccan flavour. Start with small amount of a pungent spice that is characteristic of Moroccan cuisine, an amount of ground cumin seed. To this add a little tangy spice to tantalize the taste buds, an equal amount of ground ginger. Next we want a little heat, but not everyone likes hot food, so add a quarter of the same amount of mild chilli powder.

    Now, to make these spices all work well together and to balance the mix, add four times the amount of ground coriander seed. Mix well and add a pinch of salt if desired. Rub the mix generously onto the steak, squeeze over a little lemon juice to moisten the coating and allow to dry marinate in the fridge for half and hour. Grill, barbecue or pan fry. Squeeze a little more lemon on just before serving with your allowance of vegetables.

    So how would one spice the vegetables?

    Because the flavours of vegetables are less robust than meats, we will avoid the pungent and hot spices, yet add an appealing spiciness with sweet and tangy spices. With steamed cauliflower, zucchini or squash, sprinkling with ginger and nutmeg. To the greens, add a half a teaspoon of mint and serve.

    This is from

    Please add yours, I am keen to learn and experiment more!
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  3. tonia99

    tonia99 New Member

    May 16, 2014
    Thanks for the information! I also love spices. I'm vegetarian and use all kinds of spices on my food. For example this mix of garlic, pepper, thyme and onion. And I use ginger a lot too. Mmm :)
  4. Carly Mendivil

    Carly Mendivil New Member

    Feb 29, 2016
    Thanks for the info. I love steak and i'll definitely try a Moroccan flavour. :)
  5. Nathan_Ayala

    Nathan_Ayala New Member

    Feb 9, 2016
    Albuquerque, NM
    All great spices! You can easily spice up some vegetables with onions and garlic alone.

    It's important to realize that spices are not just magic powders that come in jars. They are just regular foods.

    Sometimes adding in other foods will complement each other very well. For example: brussel sprouts, butternut squash and pine nuts, roasted together, tastes great in the winter.

    Learning to make vegetable curries is a great way to learn about a group of spices and I'd suggest you try Vietnamese food to showcase that herbs like basil are just foods that can be chopped up and eaten in a salad.

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