Monday, April 21, 2008


Working my way up topic-wise...

After some thought, I’ve realized I’m not a huge spice guy. Coming from an Argentine culinary background as my mother-palate, I’m very much in favor of just using a little bit of salt and pepper, and using good ingredients to provide the flavor.

After 2 years of watching the Barnabus cook, this may be a key differentiator between our food preparation techniques, and also that I haven’t really engaged in any serious cookery since college. Still, there are a few spices I'd be happy to have:

1. Red Pepper Flakes: I do love adding this to certain dishes that may be needing some spice, and black pepper just won’t work right. Also, this would go great with the pizza that I would make using my solar oven.

2. Garlic: I don’t know if this is officially a spice, or an herb. In any case, I would list it in both areas because I freaking love garlic. And, there are so many things that it could go on: chicken, lamb, fish, shrimp, mussels, clams. I’m not sure it would work on the wild boar I’d be hunting, but I’d be willing to experiment. Luckily, being the only male on the island, my sexytime 3 will have to put up with what will probably be some monster garlic breath. Of course, they may be won over to the ways of garlic. As a bonus, garlic is also supposed to have many health benefits.

3. Black Pepper: I didn’t include salt because it will be plentiful in the sea all around me. For culinary purposes, I don’t know that I’ll be able to make due without pepper.


wb said...

Is that really a picture of red pepper flakes? What ever it is it looks ground, not flaked. And I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the garlic/boar combo.

Alex said...

According to Google image, that's red pepper flakes. I didn't realize that they came in two colors, so I would naturally want to bring both.

We should try to head up to MPS and request a pig on a spit from Chino Latino... I'm really craving some delicious roast pork right now at 10:30 AM EST.

fuzzy j said...

Alex, where did you come up with MPS? It's MPLS. And I agree with getting some pig at Chino. I'm really craving some delicious roast pork right now at 10:05 AM EST.