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Thursday, 7 February 2008

Spices From India


My brother and his partner have been to Goa in India for a two-week vacation and just returned back. They very kindly brought me back some wonderful spices & herbs that I can add to my baking and cooking. I am advised to go steady on the dried chillies as they are hot, hot, hot! The vanilla pods that they brought back are huge and plump, now I have the perfect recipe marked out for one of these, “my Grandmas egg custard”. She would visit on a Tuesday and how I loved to come home to a fresh baked egg custard for teatime! Now for the rest of Saffron, cumin, cardamom, ginger cloves etc, I know I will be finding use for these pretty soon too!

18 comments:

Pixie said...

Lucky You! Lovely selection of mixed spices and herbs. Good advice about the chilli pepper. We have a huge container, I expect it will take years to go through them. And look at those vanilla pods!

Aparna said...

They must have had a blast in Goa. I lived there for 10 years!
Hope you enjoy cooking with all that stuff. Waiting for your posts.

Rosie said...

Hi Pixie, wow a huge container of chilli pepper, lucky you :) Its lovely sprinkled over homemade cheese biscuits before baking - yum!

Hi Aparna,they had a great time thanks and couldn't get over the beautiful colours of flowers, birds, plants and deep blue sky and water. Small world, I bet you enjoyed your 10 yrs spent living there! :) I can't wait to try all these spices & herbs out. The cloves are so much pungent in smell than I can get here in the uk so fabulous and this goes for the rest of them too! :D

Thanks ladies for calling by always lovely to *see* you!

Rosie x

Margaret said...

That's what I call a very thoughtful present for a cook. I would love all of those spices.
Lucky you! Mx

Happy cook said...

I coudn't resist to take a peep when i sawspices from India.
Isn't it great they broughtspices back.
I have never brought bacl vanila from back home. When i go i'll keep in mind to buy them :-)

Maria said...

Rosie your one lucky girl and what a lovely brother you have. Your spices look wonderful and you have the real "mccoy" there!

Maria
x

Dhanggit said...

oh rosie!!
your sooo lucky!!!

cant wait for your recipes that will go with these spices :-)

Rosie said...

Hi M, isn’t it just and I can’t wait to try them out :)

Hi Happy, they know me SO well, such a perfect gift! Oh you must bring yourself some vanilla pods back next time you visit home :)

Hi Maria, I will have to watch how much I add, they are so much more pungent than I am used to using! :)

Thank you ladies for your lovely comments and as always for taking the time to visit!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Dhanggit, I promise to blog what I make with these gorgeous spices and herbs! :) I was so in awe when I was given them running ideas through my mind of what to bake or cook :)

Thanks for calling by and your lovely comment much appreciated! :D

Rosie x

ruthEbabes said...

I'm soooo sooo sooooooooooo jealous!!!!! I can just imagine opening those bags and catching that first smell of all those spice causing my head to start racing thinking of all I could cook using them. Wow. Looking forward to seeing the results of this loot!

Jeena said...

That is great that your family brought you back some spices. I bet you will have such fun cooking with them. :-)

Sugarcraft India said...

Hi Rosie

Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my blog as always...
I loved the vanilla pods..
would suggest (if you dont mind) that try some indian dish with these spices..what say?!!

Swati

Rosie said...

Hi Ruth,I am really looking forward to using these!!

Hi Jeena I maybe calling on a few of your recipes for inspiration ;)

Thank you ladies for calling by as always :D

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Swati, my pleasure sweetie to visit and leave you comments on your fabulous sugarcraft cakes. Oh yes I must try something Indian with these wonderful spices I totally agree! :D

Thank you for your lovely comment too and also fro kindly calling by!

Rosie x

Bellini Valli said...

Wonderful aromas and dishes will be coming from your kitchen I'm sure Rosie :D

Donna said...

If my guess is correct...you won't have any trouble finding a way to use All of those spices!!lolol Have a FUN time in the kitchen this weekend!! hughugs

Cooking and the City said...

Rosie, what a wonderful & thoughtful gift, enjoy! :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Val, Donna & C & T C, I am SO looking forward to start using these wonderful spices and herbs! The first I have ear marked for one of those juicy vanilla pods lol :)

Thank you ladies for calling by and your lovely comments :D

Rosie x