When the Weather Outside is Frightful…

…and your headache’s far from delightful, and your throat is sore, you know, blow your nose, blow your nose, blow your nose…. Yeah, I made that up just now. I have a gift for making up alternate lyrics to popular tunes on the fly. It’s a pretty useless talent, but it is amusing. It might […]

About Ajwain

Ajwain is an Indian spice that is not terribly well known in the West, but it is very interesting, and should be used more often. Although it is a spice, being the fruit of Trachyspermum ammi, which is related to parsley, ajwain has a very strong herbal aroma and flavor similar to thyme or oregano. […]

Eat Curry For Your Health!

I’ve been reading articles about the health benefits of curry spices for quite some time, but this article from AlterNet is particularly good because it brings together summaries of the latest research on a variety of spices. Worldwide, a great many researchers are finding that spices commonly consumed in Indian curry dishes have myriad health […]

Book Review: Indian Spice Kitchen

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to see that Monisha Bharadwaj’s Indian Spice Kitchen is back in print. It is, quite simply, an indispensable reference work for Westerners who are just beginning to learn how to cook the myriad regional foods of India. It contains comprehensive listings of all of the major spices, […]

Asparagus with Panch Phoron

Asparagus is one of those seasonal vegetables that we make gluttons of ourselves with when it is in season, until the point that we are nearly tired of it when it is gone. I say nearly tired, because I don’t think that I could get truly weary of asparagus. It is just so fresh and […]

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