THE PUDDING INCIDENT

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Beyond the basics

Not knowing how I wanted to cook the snapper last night, I picked my flavors at the last minute and realized in the process that my usual standby ingredients are fairly specific to my tastebuds. Yellow curry powder (I prefer paste for making curry, but for a dash of flavor to the pan while cooking chicken or some couscous, the powder is the way to go), fresh ginger (grated, sliced, always good) and garlic chives from the garden (freshly chopped on top of anything).

From what I've seen, anyone who cooks always keeps a few secret ingredients on hand. What special flavors can't you live without?

2 comments:

Louisa said...

My signature ingredients are cumin, cilantro, and feta cheese. For sweets, cloves and anise.

Momo said...

The ingredients that have never failed me:
Olive Oil
Garlic
Cumin
Rosemary
Lemon
Curry

This makes a lot of sense if you know that the only dishes currently in my "tried and true" arsenal are Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Lasagna and Curry.