Spice of Life

I’m a salt and pepper kind of gal, but more and more recipes now contain spices from other places, I might recognize their country of origin but the spices are beyond me.

Some are unobtainable here, or they are too expensive, or even too spicy. Sometimes I don’t like the taste at all. Here are a few examples I just came across.

Za’atar is from the Middle East and is a mix of sumac and sesame seeds. I look at that and think sumac here is like a giant weed. You want me to eat that? But it is promised to taste rather earthy and nutty.

Harissa is a chili paste of roasted red peppers, hot peppers, and garlic. Hot; are you kidding me? Not touching that one; it has a smoky spicy flavor)

Then we have Ras- El-Hanout, from North Africa, made of coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, peppercorn, and fennel, with a spicy/earthy flavor. Again with the earthy; can’t I can just add some earthy dirt to my food and get the same satisfaction?

Of course, all that is nonsense on my part, especially now when I need to cut down on my salt; a flavoring that God suggested to be us.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13, KJV)

Prayer- Lord when you add spice to our lives, remind us to enjoy it to the full, for in the fullness of life we find the Christ. Amen.

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