I assumed Rajasthani Red Paprika would be some sort of mild, Indian powdered chili. Boy, was I wrong. As soon as I opened Reluctant Trading’s Rajasthani Red Paprika, I recognized it as a fresh batch of ground Kashmiri Chili.
Let’s talk turmeric! I have been singing the tubers' praise for years, and even dedicated a whole chapter to the stuff in my cookbook. A natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this vegetable is as full of health benefits as it is vibrantly orange.
I love the powerful aroma that explodes from each tiny, boat-shaped cumin seed. It amazes me that so many flavor profiles can be packed within the minute ridges of the complex seeds- bitter, smoky, salty, and earthy.
This month’s featured spice is one of my most used dried spices, Cayenne Pepper! I love the bright color, subtle spicy kick, and added health benefits. I find myself sneaking it into smoothies, hot chocolate, and especially spice blends!
Fennel is one of those amazing plants that give us endless possibilities. The entire plant is edible, each part bringing a versatile use. The fronds are delicate, feathery, and light with a subtle pungent note. The stalks are fibrous and crunchy, with a thick anise flavor.
If you’re not completely familiar with this beautiful spice, or the amazing plant from which the seed comes, there is no need to frond. That’s a little fennel humor for you. “Fronds” are the lacy green, top part of the fennel plant. BTW, all bad fennel jokes you come across are mine, and mine alone...