Thursday, January 8, 2009

Do you own a spice rack?

Do you own a spice rack?

I do! After starting a food blog, I think I started to feel that I need to fill my kitchen with more cooking utensils with the hope of enhancing my cooking.

So, one of the first few must haves was to get a spice rack. Not only that it would make me feel more like a "wannabe chef" but it will make my kitchen look like a "wannabe chef"'s kitchen! :)

After shopping around, I decided get the one below. Upright version with 16 different spices. What do you think? Doesn't it look great?!! :)

Ok, now that I have gotten the spice rack, next is the daunting expectation of cooking a dish with these spices. Hmmm.....most of the spices are new to me meaning I have not used them in my cooking. My usual main ingredients are salt, pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil for my Chinese dishes. So what do I do now with new spices like cumin, paprika, italian seasonings, basil, oregano etc etc. I feel so much pressure to use all these spices to enhance my dishes.

This is what I decided to do.

1) Chicken Breast - cut in cubes
2) Spices - basil, ginger, cumin, chilli powder, paprika
3) Some cut vegetable like carrot, onions and

Simple cooking :-
1) Marinade chicken cubes with all the 5 spices, plus some salt

2) In a non-stick wok with a little oil, place the chicken cubes in the heated wok once by one. Constantly turn the chicken cubes in wok until chicken is cooked.

4) Remove chicken and in the same wok, add in the vegetables. Because it is a non-stick wok, I did not add more oil. Just need to stir the vegetables constantly to prevent from burning.

5) When vegetables are soft enough, serve up with the chicken. There you have it. My 5 spices chicken!!


Salt N Turmeric said...

I dont. lol. I have been buying things separately esp since for some spices, I like the Msian made better. Maybe I should buy a spice rack and refill them w the Msian spices that I have. lol.

p.s. Happy New Year to you and hubby!

mysimplefood said...

Hi! Hi! Yeah yeah...i wanted to fill up with tumeric in one of the bottles... :)

Happy New Year to you and hubby too!!! To more food blogging!!

kingtiger909 said...

More spices more explosive tasty foods. Please provide more recipes on different spices and uses. Thanks and Happy New Years

Spicie Foodie said...

The chicken looks great! I actually don't own a spice rack. I have more like a whole cabinet full of all sorts of spices. I love it, even though it's a bit cluttered & I don't have labels on everything I can still tell what is what. My poor husband gets frustrated having to find a spice in there, hehe.

Crystal Mania said...

where you buy this spice rack? How much is it?

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