My friend Peter shares a love of cooking and he is always sending me interesting links about food and food blogs. This time he sent me something that I had to share. It is a series of instructions on how to make your own spice blends. These come from the New York Times (including the photograph).
I have one or two blends that I make for using on a variety of foods – my favourites being a blend of cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, chilli pepper and several other spices like mustard powder and a bit of sea salt. The beauty of spice blends is that you can make them whatever you like. I love Middle Eastern flavours so I tend to cook using many of those spices. Others prefer more of a BBQ flavour so they mix that style together. Find a blend you like and experiment with it. My only recommendation is that you don’t go overboard with one spice even if it is your favourite – it could wind up overpowering the flavour of the food. Aim for a balance of flavours and you will be surprised at how much it adds to your cooking.