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If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....
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    Default If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    .... what would they be? You get salt, pepper and chilli for free!

    Today, mine would be;

    Garam masala (a cheat straight away)
    Ginger
    Cumin
    Star anise
    Saffron
    Cinnamon
    Cardamon
    Mustard seeds
    Coriander seeds
    Fenugreek

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    Cinnamon
    Smoked Paprika
    Cumin
    Coriander
    Turmeric
    Cardamom
    Ginger
    Mustard Seeds
    Nutmeg
    Asafoetida

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    Could scrape by with:
    Turmeric
    Cumin
    Coriander
    Cinnamon
    Ginger
    Paprika

    (assuming that dried herbs aren't included in the 10 - 'cos I'd be scuppered without thyme, oregano, mint, rosemary, marjoram...)

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    cool !!!


    garlic
    basil
    oregano
    cumin
    bay leaf
    tumeric
    paprika
    cilantro

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    cinnamon
    saffron
    nutmeg
    ginger
    paprika
    cumin
    coriander
    mustard seeds
    fennel seeds
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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    black pepper
    basil
    cumin
    corriander
    cinnamon
    cayenne
    fennel
    oregano
    turmeric
    nutmeg
    Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    Salt
    Black Pepper
    Oregano
    Garlic
    Sugar
    Basil

    I don't need any other spices.
    context is everything

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    i had to struggle to come up with 10! and i wasnt sure what counted as a 'spice' either. salt, garlic and sugar would easily replace nutmeg, fennel and cayenne in my list.
    Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    This is a great question ;-)

    I would say that herbs are complete separate, especially the ones which I can grow on a windowsill or in a British garden ;-) That includes garlic - and I can grow poppy, coriander, fennel and mustard too!

    I will have whole spices wherever possible, so that I can dry and grind them if appropriate. So ... exotic spices ... black pepper taken as given ...

    1) green cardamom seeds - my sine qua non
    2) fresh ginger
    3) allspice berries
    4) smoked paprika
    5) black onion (nigella) seeds
    6) saffron threads
    7) whole nutmegs
    8) cumin seeds
    9) fenugreek seeds
    10) anise seeds

    (The last few were a struggle, because I'd cheated so much at the start ;-)

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    Quote RubyDuby View Post
    i had to struggle to come up with 10! and i wasnt sure what counted as a 'spice' either. salt, garlic and sugar would easily replace nutmeg, fennel and cayenne in my list.
    You get salt, pepper and a chilli of your choice for free!
    And also herbs (and garlic) are separate.

    So really it's the exotic stuff that can't grow in Europe/North America... some lucky people in India etc could probably grow a lot of it. And I guess a lot of goodies grow well in South America.

    I went to a spice farm in Goa, India and was so jealous that I couldn't grow all that stuff!

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    Quote Sluggie View Post
    Cinnamon
    Smoked Paprika
    Cumin
    Coriander
    Turmeric
    Cardamom
    Ginger
    Mustard Seeds
    Nutmeg
    Asafoetida
    I've never used asafoetida. What's it like? Where is it grown? What does it taste like? And what's i good used with?

    questions, questions!!

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    @ Aradia : if i'm right it comes from India and has a strong smell. but i don't know how it's supposed to be used in recipes

    cinnamon (love of my life)
    cardamon
    cumin
    saffron
    curry
    ginger
    basil
    marjoram
    nutmeg
    parsley
    Last edited by Aurore; Jan 17th, 2008 at 01:04 PM. Reason: spelling mistakes

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    Default Re: If you could only use 10 spices for the rest of your life ....

    here you go, aradia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asafoetida

    It really stinks, but it alleviates gas apparently.

    Mine would be:
    cinnamon
    nutmeg
    ginger
    coriander
    cardamom pods
    cumin
    fenugreek
    yellow mustard seeds
    five-spice (CHEAT!!!)

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