It’s time for the roundup ofÂ “Show Us Your…Spice Collection!”Â It’s also good that I didn’t promise a time for the roundup today as it’s 9:30pm my time and I’m just able to sit down and get it posted.
Â We had a lovely turnout from around the world! Thank you so much to all who participated. We enjoyed getting a look at your spices and herbs and your creativity in using them.
First to show us her spices is lovely Chriesi from Almond CornerÂ blogging out ofÂ Â Zurich, Switzerland, with an artist’s palette of spices and a luscious Cinnamon Floating IslandÂ -Truly tempting and beautiful!
Next, from Eugene, Oregon, along comes Tracy from Tracy Food with a magical view of her spices and a lovely pot of Masoor Dal (red lentils) and Moong Dal (Dried Split Mung-Beans) and Saag (Turnip Greens)that indeed are magical!
From the UK, Anupama from Food-N-More is treating us to a view of a Masalyacha Daaba -a traditional Indian Spice Box that is as beautiful as it is useful! Anupama cooks a beautiful dish of Batatyachi Bhaaji Â (stir-fried potatoes and peas with mustard seeds and a plethora of other wonderful exotic spices) that leaves my mouth watering!
HowÂ wonderful thatÂ sweetÂ Ulrike from KÃ¼chenlateinÂ in Northern Germany shows us her lovely spice cabinet (nice job on those shelves hubbie!) and makes a Bell Pepper Gratin that nearly made my heart skip a beat-it isÂ so beautiful!
Nicole from Kitchen Stories, Schaukelpferd Kocht in Vienna, Austria, sends us a view of her beautiful glass jars, large and small- that’s quite a collection! Her Mediterranean Chicken with Tortilla Rice is quite a beauty too!
Straight from New York- it’s Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook, whoÂ seems made for this very event- she even purchased an adorable apothecary cabinet to house (her precious) spices and herbs that’s enough toÂ make me long for a dark cave and a pocket large enough to steal it away in.Â Luckily my green envy is quickly sated by her GreenÂ Mango and Tomato Curry– yes bring it to me-my precious!
Rounding out our contributors this month, signing in also from Austria,Â is Katiza from KatizaÂ Â she keeps her spices in what looks to be a professional makeup case- I think that’s fabulous- after all spices and herbs add beauty to our cooking don’t they? She’s serving up a beautiful Rote LinsensuppeÂ with vegetables, spices, ginger and yogurt-
Finally, here’s a peek at my own spice drawers-
I have one for sweet baking spices and herbs and one for savory spices. I keep them in small stainless steel tins that I can get my fingers (or a Tablespoon) into when necessary- they’re easy to fill and easy to use and they don’t break if I accidentally drop them on the hard surfaces of my concrete counters or slate floor. I do have more bulk herbs in the pantry such as chile peppers, salts and vanilla beans etc., but I may have to show them on another day.
Â For my dish I made a carrot cake forÂ my friend Sue’sÂ homecoming with her new baby, adorable Tristan,Â and I used Ceylon, Saigon and Cassia Cinnamon along with Cloves, Coriander, 5-Spice Powder and Allspice. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow for the cake as this roundup is getting quite long!
Well, as I amÂ just getting this in under the wire myself, I again want to thank everyone who participated again- you’re all the best.
Through a random, numerical selection (pulled a number out of a hat)…Ta Da!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Susan at The Well Seasoned Cook… you are the winner ofÂ the small spice gift basket and a small hand turned rolling pin. I’ll be contacting you shortly with details. Congratulations!
I hopeÂ you’ll all comeÂ back again for the next installment of “Show Us Your…?” which I’ll announce soon- and if you have an idea for a subject you’d like to cover please let me know.
Cheers to all!
P.S. Please let me know if I’ve made any errors or omissions that need correcting on the roundup- it’s my first and I don’t want to let anyone down. 🙂