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    "Magic Spice"

    Dee514
    Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:01 pm
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    For many years we would visit St Maarten/St Martin for a few weeks in the fall. One of my favorite things to do was to shop the Wednesday farmer's market in Marigot. Of course I would stock up on vanilla beans, spices and spice blends to bring home. My favorite was a local spice blend called "magic spice" which was widely used on the Island in all sorts of chicken, meat and fish dishes. It lent a wonderful unique flavor to everything. Because of some new chronic health issues, I am no longer allowed to fly, and will not be going back to my beloved St Maarten. I am almost out of "magic spice" and I would love to duplicate it here but I am clueless as to what all is in it (of course no one on the Island would say). Some of what is in the mixture I can identify (there is some rosemary, tiny bits of cinnamon bark, finely shredded bay, oregano, basil, possibly a bit of dried star anise, and assorted seeds; of/from what I am clueless - some are a light beige color, oval shaped and about the size of a lentil, others are a very dark brown, about the size of a cherry pit - a dried berry of sorts?)
    If anyone knows what goes into the "magic spice" of St Maarten and is willing to share the recipe, I will be eternally grateful. (I have tried to find an online source to buy it, but have had no luck there either).
    Thanks.
    divakemp
    Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:33 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I too have bought "Magic Spice" at the farmer's market in Marigot. The closest I have come to is a Garam Masala mixture as follows:

    Ingredients:
    •4 tbsps coriander seeds
    •1 tbsp cumin seeds
    •1 tbsp black peppercorns
    •1 ½ tsps black cumin seeds (nigella as it is called at the market)
    •1 ½ tsps dry ginger
    •¾ tsp black cardamom (3-4 large pods approx)
    •¾ tsp cloves
    •¾ tsp cinnamon (2 X 1” pieces)
    •¾ tsp crushed bay leaves

    Preparation:
    Heat a heavy skillet on a medium flame and gently roast all ingredients (leave cardamom in its pods till later) except the dry ginger, till they turn a few shades darker. Stir occasionally. Do not be tempted to speed up the process by turning up the heat as the spices will burn. When the spices are roasted turn off the heat and allow them to cool. Once cooled, remove the cardamom seeds from their skins and mix them back with all the other roasted spices. Grind them all together, course or fine -your preference, in a dry coffee grinder. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place. I prefer to leave it a bit course and the grind fresh right before I cook.

    Enjoy!
    Molly53
    Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:54 am
    Forum Host
    divakemp wrote:
    I too have bought "Magic Spice" at the farmer's market in Marigot. The closest I have come to is a Garam Masala mixture as follows:

    Ingredients:
    •4 tbsps coriander seeds
    •1 tbsp cumin seeds
    •1 tbsp black peppercorns
    •1 ½ tsps black cumin seeds (nigella as it is called at the market)
    •1 ½ tsps dry ginger
    •¾ tsp black cardamom (3-4 large pods approx)
    •¾ tsp cloves
    •¾ tsp cinnamon (2 X 1” pieces)
    •¾ tsp crushed bay leaves

    Preparation:
    Heat a heavy skillet on a medium flame and gently roast all ingredients (leave cardamom in its pods till later) except the dry ginger, till they turn a few shades darker. Stir occasionally. Do not be tempted to speed up the process by turning up the heat as the spices will burn. When the spices are roasted turn off the heat and allow them to cool. Once cooled, remove the cardamom seeds from their skins and mix them back with all the other roasted spices. Grind them all together, course or fine -your preference, in a dry coffee grinder. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place. I prefer to leave it a bit course and the grind fresh right before I cook.

    Enjoy!
    Hi, Divakemp!

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    Dee514
    Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:54 am
    Forum Host
    Thank you divakemp, I will give it a try.
    Sage
    Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:24 am
    Forum Host
    Dee514 wrote:
    For many years we would visit St Maarten/St Martin for a few weeks in the fall. One of my favorite things to do was to shop the Wednesday farmer's market in Marigot. Of course I would stock up on vanilla beans, spices and spice blends to bring home. My favorite was a local spice blend called "magic spice" which was widely used on the Island in all sorts of chicken, meat and fish dishes. It lent a wonderful unique flavor to everything. Because of some new chronic health issues, I am no longer allowed to fly, and will not be going back to my beloved St Maarten. I am almost out of "magic spice" and I would love to duplicate it here but I am clueless as to what all is in it (of course no one on the Island would say). Some of what is in the mixture I can identify (there is some rosemary, tiny bits of cinnamon bark, finely shredded bay, oregano, basil, possibly a bit of dried star anise, and assorted seeds; of/from what I am clueless - some are a light beige color, oval shaped and about the size of a lentil, others are a very dark brown, about the size of a cherry pit - a dried berry of sorts?)
    If anyone knows what goes into the "magic spice" of St Maarten and is willing to share the recipe, I will be eternally grateful. (I have tried to find an online source to buy it, but have had no luck there either).
    Thanks.


    We also went to St Maarten a few times in March. I remember seeing Magic spice in Marigot.. We stayed at Mullet Bay Resort; rented a car and toured that beautiful island. I hope that recipes works out for you; i will also give it a try.
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