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Friday, June 17, 2011

Lebanese Mixed Spice

I really like mixing my own spice blends, again this is a way we can control what goes in what we are eating. I usually buy organic whole spices and grind them myself. I was going to make my Chai spice blend, that I love to use in oatmeal, tea, coffee, cookies...needless to say I love that blend. (I will post it soon) I was going to make it again, and since I put it right in my coffee I found it's better to get the pre-ground organic spices from a nearby health food store. Since I had some extra spices and a lot of the same ones go into this mix I thought I would make this seven spice blend. It is very versatile and can be used in meatballs, with chicken, pork, lamb, beef, it is used in kafta, kibbeh, and many Lebanese dishes.

This was adapted from a recipe I saw on Chowhound. Some will have you use equal parts of all seven, but sometimes cloves, and nutmeg can be a little overpowering. It's nice I can get my spices in little baggies and scoop as much or as little as I want, it's a good way to try spices.

Lebanese Mixed Spice or Lebanese 7 spice mix

  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered allspice

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 teaspoon spoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek

  • 2 teaspoons powdered ginger

      Mix them all together and store in a airtight container. It makes a small amount so a spice jar would probably work better, but you can always double it. I like to reuse glass jars, I do it all the time...jam jars or condiments, if it's glass I can't throw it out. Some day I'll show you what I do with them all...or maybe make some jam!

      You can use it when making tabouleh too...check out my recipe on Our Krazy Kitchen where it's my Saturday for Cultural Connections.

      Since I am out of school (work) for the summer and my husband started his own business we have been able to have more meals together. I am helping him when and where I can. We met for breakfast with a friend who is painting his office. This is an old fashioned diner type drive in, the food is good, but really basic drive in food...

      ...but it's the atmosphere (all outside) you really go for, it's fun and everyone is so friendly. Many regulars meet for lunch or breakfast.

      Do you have a hole-in-the-wall place that you enjoy going to?