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Cookoff 2.0 #37 - Spices

Postby okbye » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:16 pm

Cookoff 2.0 #1 - Heat Infusion - Parrothead
Cookoff 2.0 #2 - Tomatoes - Unknown Foodie
Cookoff 2.0 #3 - Butternut Squash - Jackiecat
Cookoff 2.0 #4 - Fennel - Nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #5 - Grains of Paradise - PattyE
Cookoff 2.0 #6 - Eggplant - Geimerst
Cookoff 2.0 #7 - Soup - Pixie
Cookoff 2.0 #8 - Ribs - Dan
Cookoff 2.0 #9 - Citrus fruit - Moonablaze
Cookoff 2.0 #10 - Clams - Thierry
Cookoff 2.0 #11 - Ground Beef - Parrothead
Cookoff 2.0 #12 - Olives - Grovite
Cookoff 2.0 #13 - Slaw - Nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #14 - Peppercorns - Grovite
Cookoff 2.0 #15 - Yogurt - Eye4got
Cookoff 2.0 #16 - Summer Squash - Nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #17 - Collards - ajkdvm
Cookoff 2.0 #18 - Lemongrass - Fleur
Cookoff 2.0 #19 - Summer herbs: basil/parsley/oregano/etc. - ajkdvm
Cookoff 2.0 #20 - Tapas and party bites - lunanoir
Cookoff 2.0 #21 - Fall Squash - ajkdvm
Cookoff 2.0 #22 - Cauliflower- altonfaninmd
Cookoff 2.0 #23 - Holiday Cookies - ghenne
Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Pressure Cooker - Charlene
Cookoff 2.0 #25 - Hot'n Spicy - Slamdunkpro
Cookoff 2.0 #26 - Soy Sauce - Eye4got
Cookoff 2.0 #27 - Peanut Butter - kimberlyjoy
Cookoff 2.0 #28 - Salmon - Charlene
Cookoff 2.0 #29 - Breakfast - DanC
Cookoff 2.0 #30 - Tortillas - Grovite
Cookoff 2.0 #31 - Foil Grill Packets - DitsyD
Cookoff 2.0 #32 - Rice - Charlene
Cookoff 2.0 #33 - Wild Game - haleoalau
Cookoff 2.0 #34 - Sugar-Free Desserts - nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #35 - Potatoes - Kinsley
Cookoff 2.0 #36 - Egg Nog - Eye4got
Cookoff 2.0 #37 - Spices - Okbye


My crazy family was in Cost Plus Christmas shopping and they came across a spice called phuket, which is pronounced foo-ket or poo-ket depending on who you ask but of course they were going "Look, it's called F*** It!". So they had to buy the funny named spice and I ended up with a decorative box containing

Phuket (green curry powder)
Chaing Mai (red curry powder)
Tandori blend
yellow curry powder
and their oddball cousin
Chimichurri paste mix

Let's have some recipes featuring any of these spices.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 # 37 Spices

Postby Butterbean » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:06 pm

I've posted the recipe below in the past, but the original recipe called for "1 tbs curry powder or cumin" as the spice. Recent tweaks to the recipe have proved that red curry powder really enhances the soup dramatically.

Pumpkin Mushroom Soup

1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons oil or butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon red curry powder
3 cups homemade chicken stock
1 pound can of pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 tablespoon honey
Dash nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Saute mushrooms and onion in oil or butter. Stir in flour and curry. Gradually add the broth, then the pumpkin, honey and seasonings to taste. Stir while cooking 15 minutes. Add cream and heat through without boiling. Top with a dollop of sour cream if desired. Makes 6 servings.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 # 37 Spices

Postby tj » Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:06 pm

That sounds incredible! Gotta try it.

No offering of a recipe, but there is a local Thai restaurant here that serves a pumpkin (red) curry that I usually order with shrimp. There is coconut milk in it, I'm sure, but don't know what else. The stuff is amazing. Pumpkin and curry really work well together.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 # 37 Spices

Postby nolafoodie » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:15 am

I just made this for dinner, and even my husband, who doesn't like fish, had seconds.

Middle Eastern Spice-Crusted Fish with Tahini Salad

Serves 4

For the salad:

1 cucumber, peeled and seeded (if seedless, you can leave the skin on), diced (about 1/4")
1 large tomato (or 2-3 small or Roma tomatoes), diced (about 1/4")
2 scallions, sliced very thinly
Handful parsley, chopped finely
1-2 cloves garlic, minced/pressed
finely minced jalapeno to taste (or a few dashes hot sauce)
juice of two lemons
1/4-1/3 c. tahini (I usually just use a couple big spoonfuls/blobs)
Salt to taste

Add cucumber, tomato, scallions, and parsley to a mixing bowl (don't stir yet). In a smaller bowl/vessel, combine lemon juice, tahini, salt, garlic, and jalapeno. Stir well to combine -- mixture will develop paste-like clumps before becoming smooth and creamy. Pour tahini mixture over vegetables and toss/stir gently to coat evenly.

For the fish:

8 fillets flounder, tilapia, or other thin white fish
4 T flour
Arabic spice blend for fish (all measurements are for ground spices):
- 4 t cumin
- 1 t allspice
- 1 t coriander
- 1 t curry powder
- 1 t lemon pepper or citric acid (optional, but recommended, because that's what all the prepared "fish spice" blends contain)
- cayenne pepper to taste
Salt & pepper to taste
Oil for pan-frying

Combine flour with spices and a little salt. Heat up a frying pan (cast iron skillet is even better) over medium-high heat and add oil (about 1/4" up the sides is plenty). Dredge fish fillets in spice mixture, shake off excess, and pan-fry until just cooked.

Serve immediately with rice pilaf or couscous.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 # 37 Spices

Postby Norm357 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:22 am

The last time I was in Charleston I went to a wine tasting where they served several different mulled wines. Very delicious.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 # 37 Spices

Postby okbye » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:56 pm

Anyone else? We need to wrap this up.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 # 37 Spices

Postby okbye » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:41 pm

Well it's been 3 weeks and I guess we're not getting any more so I'm going to end it.
The soup was really good, even though my pumpkin was bad in the can so I had to use fresh yams but my roommate declared the fish the best he'd ever eaten so I'm going to have to go with Nola's fish.
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