Flavor Dictionary 2




herbs spices










Cinnamon:
An anciently used spice from the inner bark of certain trees.  Many different varieties, the best and most expensive is ‘True Cinnamon’ from Sri Lanka.
Suggested uses: A favorite spice for baking and paired with apples.  The oil makes spicy candies and treats.  Used in Turkish and Caribbean savory foods like Jerk Spice.

Cloves:
A strong and aromatic dried flower bud.  Found in Indian Foods and often used with cumin and cinnamon in savory, or ginger and nutmeg in sweet dishes.
Suggested uses: Often associated with Oranges and Christmas.  Used in sweet pies, breads, and drinks like wassail.  In savory dishes like Marsalas and many bean soups and chilies.

Cumin:
Cumin is the 2nd most popular spice after black pepper.  Used in dishes all over the world to add meaty, slightly bitter flavor to dishes.
Suggested uses:  Goes well with all beans and meats especially sausages.  I like to add a little to my salsa.  It is an important part of  curry powder.

Curry Powder (common yellow):
Curry is a very broad term but her we just mean the yellow powder blend that is most common.  It is a blend of spices that gets most of it’s yellow color from turmeric.
Suggested uses: Mixed with meat, potatoes, and veggies for a simple curry to eat over rice.  A simple and surprising addition to soups, chili, and just simple rice.

Dill Seed:
Dill is a fantastic plant with so many uses.  Dill seed is actually the flat dried fruits of the plant.  The seeds have a heartier flavor than the leaves and are found in most pickling mixes.
Suggested uses: Pickles and potato dishes love dill seed.  Dill seed tea helps aid digestion and gastrointestinal complaints.

Dill Weed:
Dill has a fragrant and smooth flavor with a great amount of depth.  Found often  in German and Scandinavian cooking.
Suggested uses: Often used with potatoes.  Found in soups and dips, pairs well with fish and chicken.  Goes well with cheese sauces, salad dressings and makes a pretty garnish.

Fennel Seed:
An aromatic spice similar to anise (have a mild licorice flavor) and can be used interchangeably.  A traditional digestive aid used to help colicky babies.  
Suggested uses: Used in making Italian sausage, salads, soups, and a tasty tea to help settle the stomach. 

For Additional Installments, See Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.


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