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About using spices for the spice impaired

December11

Okay, so, now that you have to throw out all of the recipes you used growing up, what do you do?  You first remove all of the spices you can no longer eat like paprika, cayenne, and pretty much every “combination” spice there is. 

Now what are you left with?  How do you pick somethign that goes well together?  Well, here’s what I found out works for me.  Go to your spice shelf and stare at them  :-)   Okay, that’s not so helpful.  What you need to do is SMELL THEM.  Not all at once!  Yeesh, that could have been a disaster.

Think about the meat (or soy product) you’re wanting to cook.  What do you think might go on something like that?  The other night I wanted to cook a Tilapia fish fillet, but could no longer use the Mrs. Dash that I always used in the past.  So, think… think… think.  Maybe garlic would be nice?  So, I grabbed the Garlic Salt and sniffed it. That’s nice, but it could use something else.  So, I went back to looking at my spices. 

Hmm… what does Basil smell like?  I dunno.  So, I grabbed it and sniffed it.  That seemed nice.  Now, what would these two spices smell like together?  I took them both (caps off) and moved them back and forth under my nose at the same time.  Yeah, that smells okay.  And, voila!  It actually turned out really tasty!  I don’t think my significant other would think so as he smokes, and really can’t smell anything unless it’s pretty spicy, but it was great for me.

Another useful thing that I thought of is that, if you haven’t actually thrown away those combination spice bottles that you liked, you can look at the ingredients in them and see what they are putting together.  You might be able to mimic most of it without the nightshades.  Might turn out weird, though, so be sure to smell them together before putting it on your meat/veggies.

I’ll post more spice combinations as I come across them.  Happy spice sniffing to all!

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