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Did you buy winter spices for holiday baking, eggnog, mulling, ciders et al and now you’re wondering what shall become of those jars that are 9/10ths full?  Spice Station to the rescue!  Nutmeg likes anything with cream so potatoes au gratin anyone?  We will eat anything with potatoes, heavy cream and cheese but throw a layer of dried porcini mushrooms into this dish and we’ll be at your door before you can shake a lamb shank. (Which, does nicely with onion and garlic sauteed with a dash of nutmeg and garam masala.)  Combined with butter, flour and a bay leaf, you’ll have a classic bechamel for a baked pasta dish.  Really, anything with cream can usually do with a bit of nutmeg.

Allspice also goes great with lamb and Caribbean jerk dishes.  As you know, cinnamon is very friendly with the apple and apple is great with pork dishes.  Try roasting a pork loin in some apple juice and halved red apples sprinkled with cinnamon.  (If you wrap that puppy in bacon you’ll really be rolling.)  As far as cloves go, they are a must-have in a glazed ham (with brown sugar, honey and a dash of dry mustard) but those decorative pomanders (clove-studded oranges) aren’t just for the holidays — they make great sachets for drawers and cupboards all year round.  Be careful around clothing though as clove is derived from the Latin word  ‘Clavus’ which means ‘nail’.’ If you find people sniffing at you, well, take it as a compliment.  If they look like they might take a bite out of you consider making a run for it.

8 Responses to “Dashing Through the Spice Drawer”

  1. Colleen Bailey
    December 29, 2009
    @ 9:05 pm

    ooooohhhhh. yummy. thanks spicestation. now tell, what do i do with my extra turmeric?

  2. spicestationsilverlake
    December 30, 2009
    @ 12:44 am

    Well miss, while I detect a note of sarcasm in the tone of your comment (as though perhaps the challenge of using up Nutmeg or Cinnamon were not challenging enough for you) I will take the high road and proceed to answer your question.

    I shall assume for the moment that you are not suffering from a cobra bite and/or participating in a cleansing ritual as a trainee Buddhist monk (both accepted uses of tumeric.)

    This earthy, mustard-like, slightly peppery taste is a staple in Indian and Thai cuisine as it loves to be married with ginger, lemongrass and coconut milk. If a curry is too ambitious for you, try it on some chicken skewers marinated in the above ingredients as well as garlic.

    Failing that, it may behoove you to know that in classic Ayurvedic medicine tumeric helps cleanse the bladder, liver and blood and can even be made into a paste for a skin tonic.

    Finally, perhaps you’d like to make your own American cheese. Tumeric will color it just the right shade.

  3. Bronwen
    December 30, 2009
    @ 4:05 pm

    American Cheese?! I’ve always wondered about that! Thank you for these great ideas! Now i know what to do with all of my left over nutmeg! I was going to hold out for next year’s egg nog!

  4. Colleen
    January 5, 2010
    @ 1:56 pm

    Thanks spice girl!

  5. spicestationsilverlake
    January 7, 2010
    @ 8:27 pm

    no you shut up!

  6. Phyllis
    October 27, 2011
    @ 3:20 pm

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    Tried leaving a note in your guest book, but it just wouldn’t take it.

    Looking for curry powder, but didn’t find it. Found items that are in curry powder. Will you be having any curry powder in the near future?

    Great site and I’ll be spreading your site around to friends.

    Thanks so much for being here!

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  8. Saffron Spice
    October 7, 2013
    @ 12:56 am

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