What is Your favorite Spice/Herbs when it comes to Cooking?

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    Feb 11, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
    I believe everyone has a flavoring taste with their tongue that they cant resist on a dish...
    So what is that particular Spice or herbs you cant almost live without? 15.gif

    Me : has to be Oregano. 4.gif

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    Almost every dish that I know of I do replace it with Oregano and it turns out to be more magical! icon_biggrin.gif Eg. every Indian dish that requires Curry leaf instead I use Oregano leaves icon_cool.gif

    2. Cumin seeds.

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    *especially you roast it on a grilling pan before you make a that fried rice in style..*Trust me that heavenly smell of mix culture of taste kicks in. #heaven.icon_cool.gif

    What is yours...?

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    Feb 11, 2014 8:23 PM GMT
    fresh garlic, ginger, cilantro… goes into pretty much everything i cook… along with lemon or lime juice. I love citrus..
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    Feb 11, 2014 9:44 PM GMT
    Lovage leaves
    (have a celery-like flavor)
    I use it in rice, on fish, in soups.
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    Feb 11, 2014 10:40 PM GMT
    I'd have to say garlic, paprika, or onion. I use garlic in everything because I love garlic. Paprika and onion are good, all-purpose flavor boosters, especially when I'm in a pinch and have to make something in the microwave (aka. too lazy to cook a proper meal on the stove).

    But the ultimate spice/seasoning is sriracha.
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    Feb 12, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI love spices and herbs. For herbs I really love fresh basil, fresh rosemay (you can find rosemary herb bushes growing all over Seattle).

    Also love fresh garlic, fresh onions and fresh ginger. I eat so much of the three on a daily basis. Usually eat about ten cloves of garlic, one onion and about two inches of fresh ginger daily. All three are so healthy for you also.

    Dude that breath...
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    Feb 12, 2014 1:51 AM GMT
    David3000 said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI love spices and herbs. For herbs I really love fresh basil, fresh rosemay (you can find rosemary herb bushes growing all over Seattle).

    Also love fresh garlic, fresh onions and fresh ginger. I eat so much of the three on a daily basis. Usually eat about ten cloves of garlic, one onion and about two inches of fresh ginger daily. All three are so healthy for you also.

    Dude that breath...


    Ten cloves of garlic a day? icon_eek.gif Suddenly I'm very glad this is an online conversation!
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    Feb 12, 2014 4:33 AM GMT
    Salt and pepper. Do those count? icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 12, 2014 7:41 AM GMT
    I always add a pinch of dried oregano to my pasta sauces, and regularly cook with garlic. Fresh basil is gorgeous, but quite expensive, so I tend to use it occasionally.
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    Feb 12, 2014 8:55 AM GMT
    YourName2000 saidCardamom is one of my favorites.

    I love all the spices in chai though....but cardamon the most.

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    Do you cook anything with cardamon? I only ever heard people use it in curry and chai. I never thought of really using it in anything else
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    Feb 12, 2014 2:25 PM GMT
    I'm so fond of all sorts of spices and herbs that I really can't list a favorite, but ginger, hot peppers, and garlic are among the most used. There is one spice that I hate with the heat of a thousand suns: caraway seeds. And, while I do enjoy Indian curry, I don't like it when cumin is a dominant taste.
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    Feb 12, 2014 5:56 PM GMT
    Jlor31 saidI always add a pinch of dried oregano to my pasta sauces, and regularly cook with garlic. Fresh basil is gorgeous, but quite expensive, so I tend to use it occasionally.


    Grow that mess at home. It's self-seeding and can grow like crazy. It's like a weed at my parents' place (of course, they live in a warm climate). Basil does well indoors, I believe.
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    Feb 12, 2014 9:16 PM GMT
    The_Guruburu said
    Jlor31 saidI always add a pinch of dried oregano to my pasta sauces, and regularly cook with garlic. Fresh basil is gorgeous, but quite expensive, so I tend to use it occasionally.


    Grow that mess at home. It's self-seeding and can grow like crazy. It's like a weed at my parents' place (of course, they live in a warm climate). Basil does well indoors, I believe.


    I'm not sure why, but I can't ever get basil to grow at home, be it indoors or outside. Maybe I don't water it enough or something.
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    Feb 13, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    More a condiment than a spice but...powdered truffle! Sprinkle it on almost anything!
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    Feb 13, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    A couple recommendations:

    Fennel pollen (available online from various vendors)

    Saffron, by the ounce, from these folks: http://saffron.com/
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    Feb 13, 2014 5:29 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI love spices and herbs. For herbs I really love fresh basil, fresh rosemay (you can find rosemary herb bushes growing all over Seattle).

    Also love fresh garlic, fresh onions and fresh ginger. I eat so much of the three on a daily basis. Usually eat about ten cloves of garlic, one onion and about two inches of fresh ginger daily. All three are so healthy for you also.

    My ultimate favorite spice is saffron. This is what is required to make Spanish paella. The scent and flavor are amazing. Sadly, saffron per pound is more expensive than gold or even cocaine! Luckily, only a little is required to transform a dish into something really delicious.

    The Powerful 3.icon_cool.gif

    About 10 clove of garlic...let me say GARLIC = AWESOMENESS!!
    *those fuss about breath! or even fart icon_rolleyes.gif UGH! You guys must some sort of Twilight Vampire dude.

    *didnt picture garlic in cause its like already a "Must thing!" icon_lol.gif in whatever Im cooking.icon_razz.gif like there Must Be, Must Have most in what im cooking & talking about fresh Ginger is a another powerful infusion to all <3

    Talking about saffron indeed the smell of it! #heaven but it isnt a everyday thing for me too.
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    Feb 13, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
    xrichx saidSalt and pepper. Do those count? icon_confused.gif

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    I have to say you scored Pepper lolz icon_lol.gificon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
    YourName2000 saidCardamom is one of my favorites.

    I love all the spices in chai though....but cardamon the most.

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    When you said "chai"...It means Indian tea right D.7.gif

    *funny thing is here when people say Chai, even in India..It literally means plain Tea. Yes just a normal tea *probably the Chai being said there as equal to Masala tea which includes other sorts of spices like Fennel, Fresh ginger cinnamon stick/bark..
    Over here..

    Chai= Tea; could probably even Indian roasted tea leaves (without spice)

    The Masala Tea = heavily infused spiced Tea <--*must be this icon_biggrin.gif

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    Talking about cardamom..icon_confused.gif
    *I hate the moment when you accidently bite it your tongue will goo like "NO!!"

    Actually, Briyani does well in it, even better with Parboiled rice.icon_wink.gif * many will go for Basmati rice which is not really the "healthier" one, but tasty.
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    Feb 13, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    YourName2000 said^^^ It's really good at cutting the fishy flavor in oily fish. As chai, think of sprinkling on yams before baking...amazing.


    Cardamom-saffron ice cream (an Indian dessert) is truly amazing. It's been so long I almost forgot about this wonderfully delectable treat.


    must be kulfi, it does feel that heaviness in taste especially when the spices kicks in.
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    Feb 15, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
    Nutmeg and Coriander are my favorite spices.

    I love nutmeg because it's strong and versatile--from savory to sweet. It's just as good with roasted red peppers and mushrooms as it is with carrot cake.

    I love coriander because of its citrusy flavor and how well it pairs with my favorite herb, rosemary. I use both when I saute asparagus, red peppers, cremini mushrooms, and onions.

    Oh, and I can't get enough of crushed red pepper flakes. I sprinkle that on everything.
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    Feb 16, 2014 12:50 AM GMT
    Garlic and oregano.
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    Feb 16, 2014 4:49 PM GMT
    Garlic pepper is awesome