Monday, May 05, 2008
Yesterday was as warm as summer. Walking in China Town in the sunshine, too hot for even a sweater, there was a slight winter breeze gusting every so often from the ocean. The flowering plums that line the street were in full glory, and each time the breeze blew down the street, a myriad of white petals floated among the pedestrians. More than one person commentated that it was snowing and I thought to myself, "Ah, at long last, real Victoria Snow. " This is what snow is usually like in Victoria in the spring time.
On the way home, I popped into a Mediterranean shop on Pandora that Kitten had recommended to me. I tell you, this place is huge and jammed full of spices. I'll have to get my spice list and come back there when I have more time. It's like stepping into an old fashioned grocers with big open sacks full of exotic spices and good things to eat.
Speaking about spices, I have been mixing up even more spice mixes.
This time I opted to buy a coffee grinder just for spices (I have one in my home for my morning flax, but I thought that perhaps, spiced flax would not be the best thing to have on my morning oatmeal, but then again, it might be yummy). What would have taken me over an hour to grind in my little hand grinder, now takes less than a minute. I'll still use my cute little mortar and pestle for small daily spice grinding, but the coffee grinder will become the primary tool for grinding in bulk.
These are some of the ingredients of Kashmiri Garam Masala before they get dry roasted in the pan.
Just look at this colour. I want to knit a sweater in these colours. Aren't they fabulous?