Cooking Blahs Revisited
I’m back. Did you miss me? Of course not you had all of JeffWs food porn to look at.
It is not a good sign when I have the winter cooking blahs in December. Holiday cooking has not even piqued my interest this year. Though I have plans for some interesting holiday treats, there is an enthusiasm gap.
I needed to shake things up. And then JeffW went and put fennel seed in his pasta sauce. And that’s when it hit me. The spice cabinet is where I could start shaking things up. I think, like most people, I rely on a handful of favorite spices and ignore the rest unless a specific recipe calls for it. I love fennel, but don’t use it often. There are many spices out there I don’t use often and some I’ve never even tried before.
That’s when inspiration hit me. For the next few months, at least once or twice a week I’m going to find and use a spice I’ve rarely or never used before and see what kind of results I get. See if I can’t turn a few old, tired favorites into something new and interesting. I’ll keep you apprised of the results.
Fennel has been a great success. I’ve added it to a couple of soups, to burgers and to a pot roast. Gave a nice kick to everything. Up next, if I can find it locally, filé powder. It’s a strong flavor and I’ll have to pick and choose carefully what I use it on, but I think a chicken dish would be my first idea. Until then….