Spice me up
December 19, 2013 4:31 PM Subscribe
Can you help me meet and learn about spices, but the minimal cooking version?
posted by Wolfster to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to learn about spices (as in the novelty in food or drink is great) and I know little to nothing.
But I really don't enjoy and am not likely to cook. I can boil, fry, put things in a george foreman grill.
If it requires elaborate tools or ingredients (excluding spices) or requires things beyond a few steps, it probably won't happen.
A plus would be that it can appear impressive, but novelty and minimal cooking are still on the top of the list (ie, can't find it now but I saw a description in one of these posts about cardomom powdered spice plus rice plus pods so it looked impressive but flavor was from the powder form).
I did find a couple previous questions about cardomom and saffron, but they are not necessarily focusing on easy to prepare/minimal cooking type foods.I am also assuming that there are many more spices that I haven't even heard about for that matter.
If you have seen blogs or posts that would be useful for this, please point to that, too. I did look through Amazon but the spice books were often either 1) woo woo/non science (it doesn't have to have science, but I don't chapters devoted about magical properties) or 2) elaborate recipes and descriptions, which was too much.
If you know good places to get spices, this would be helpful, too (I did find Penzeys online based on previous posts). I'm in NYC and I would be willing to journey to a burough, provided that I know what I'm looking for and why.
Hoping to end up with answers that I can try for the next few years.
As always, thank you in advance.