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Spices, Seasoning, Spice Up Your Life,For this post, the term ‘spices’ will include seeds, herbs and other forms of seasonings. There are hundreds of different spices, but I will only mention the ones that I am familiar with in this post. My appreciation for spices came from a Trini friend I had. She came to visit me in Jamaica with a bag of tricks and a bag of spices. She was hell-bent on me sampling her Trini cuisine, and I happily obliged. It proved too much for me to handle, but from that moment I was hooked. I couldn’t believe that the majority of my adult life I was clueless to the ingredients that gave my favorite meals their flavor. I never realized how important these seemingly insignificant additions were. After I had made a special trip to the supermarket, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of different spices that were available locally. There were so much more than the salt, black pepper, seasoning salt and curry that I was accustom. Those traditional spices along with the colorful concoctions that were used to season chicken and meat were all I knew growing up in Jamaica.

I love to cook as much I love to eat, and spices make my meals come alive. Knowing which spices goes best with other ingredients is critical and can make or break a meal. Sometimes you have to decide between fresh or dried spices based on the dish. I prefer robust, hot or ‘spicy’ spices. For that reason, Indian cuisine is my favorite. As a proud Jamaican, Jamaican cooking will always be close to my heart and mouth. However, being that I am a vegetarian that recently turned vegan, I find that the ‘Jamaican’ options are limited. I still enjoy Ackee (without the salt fish), and I even ‘curry’ it [Ackee] from time to time. I am also known to ‘Jerk’ my vegetables. My limited but increased knowledge of spices have brought my cooking to another level. I make a concerted effort not to use mixed spices like Lawry’s and Mrs. Dash, but rather I make my mixes, so I have total control over the ingredients and the flavors in my cooking.

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Health Benefits

Spices not only add flavor to your meals, but they also have health benefits. Some of my favorite spices are turmeric, cumin, cloves, pimento, garlic and cayenne pepper.

  • Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, Arthritis Management, Treats Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cancer prevention, Lowers cholesterol.

Turmeric

  • Oregano – Packed with antioxidants, Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Treats respiratory disorders, Loosens mucus and Calms Indigestion. Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper – Helps digestion, Anti-Irritant, Supports Weight Loss, Fights Cold and Flu, and Relieves Migraine Pain.cayenne pepper
  • Garlic – Fights Cold and Flu, Antibacterial, Cancer prevention, Anti-inflammatory, Cardiovascular benefits, and Boosts Immune System. Garlic
  • Cinnamon – Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial/Antifungal, Fights Heart Disease, Lowers Blood Sugar, and Increases Insulin sensitivity.  cinnamon

 

14 comments on “Spice Up Your Life

  1. ambrosiaomg says:

    I’ve been promising myself that I’d be more adventurous in my cooking. I have a black thumb so I’ll need to purchase my fresh spices, but I’ve been slowly adding to my spice collection. Vinegars are next!

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    1. You should and I doubt you have a ‘black thumb’. I don’t even like that phrase, but that’s for another day. Please share your cooking tips and recipes. Thanks for commenting.

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      1. ambrosiaomg says:

        I’ve been trying to talk myself out of it. I’m going to get some potting soil and give it one more go. I’m more of a baker. It would be cool if you share some of the veggie recipes though. I have the palate of a recalcitrant 6 year old child. I know I should be eating the vegetables, but the bad stuff is sooooo good. I try to do one or two meatless days every week though so some new recipes would be welcome. .

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      2. I will try and post some recipes.

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  2. cyah1983 says:

    Nice! Any “Exotics” spices?
    Thanks for sharing🌍🌎😋

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  3. cyah1983 says:

    Are you still doing your research?🌍😆

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      1. cyah1983 says:

        It’s on your list!

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      2. cyah1983 says:

        Look carefully again and again Amigo!😆🌎🌎

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