Ras el Hanout ( "top of the shop" ) is a spice mixture from Morocco that can contain anywhere from 10-100 different spices. After checking cookbooks & searching online I decided on this combination for this spice mix.
The best method of making chili oil for Sichuan cooking I have found - from the outstanding Fuchsia Dunlop book "Sichuan Cookery". I use it for dipping sauces etc; my hubby pours it over his pasta for breakfast! The more sediment you have, the hotter it is.
Make your own chili powder or flakes with those extra garden peppers be it jalapenos, thai, habanero or pepper of your choice. Be sure to use gloves when handling hot peppers. Be careful when grinding not to get any of the pepper dust into your nose and eyes. As they dry in the oven you'll find yourself sneezing from them. I've dried them whole you have to turn them it takes a little longer. Then you have spots that are not dry. It seems the skin keeps the moisture in. The amount depends on how many you dry.
The original recipe came from an old "Make-A-Mix" cookbook years ago. I've customized to fit our tastebuds and pocketbook. My thought is: why buy those expensive, chemically flavored little packets when you have all the ingredients on the spice shelf in Mrs. Hubbard's Cupboard?
These are great dry rubs to try before you go out and buy the whole bottle and then find out you don't like them. Most of these ingredients are already in your cupboard. I keep all my old spice jars, wash, remove label and reuse for recipes like these. Dry rubs do not need standing time but can be applied several hours in advance if kept refrigerated. The flavors become more pronounced the longer the rub is on the meat. I prefer sprinkling on and then letting sit out at room temperature for about 15 min.
Found at Whats4Eats.com. This is a recipe a lot of people have been looking for; I hope it's what everyone wanted. If you can't find annatto, substitute paprika. NOTE: This is a copycat recipe, which is why the amount of salt is so high. If you want the same taste as commercial brands, use it all. If you don't want so much, feel free to adjust it to your taste, or leave it out entirely.
Thai Curry Paste to use in recipes as required. Easy to prepare and will keep for two weeks in the fridge or several months if frozen.
Easily made gluten-free by ensuring soy and fish sauces are gluten-free
From Darlene Schmidt,Your Guide to Thai Food. Here's what she says,"This Thai red curry paste recipe is red hot! Check your spice-o-meter when preparing this paste, adding less fresh chili if you prefer milder dishes. Red curry paste makes for excellent Thai curry, including curry chicken and seafood curries, vegetarian curries, or noodles." I have made some slight changes. Enjoy!
Add about 1 cup of this fruit puree to your favorite marinade and refrigerate overnight or for tougher cuts of beef use alone and marinade for no more than 8 hours, the enzymes in this fruit will break down the meat fibers to create extreme tenderizing --- use only fresh fruit not frozen or canned.
Occasionally I come across a recipe calling for celery salt, and it's something I just don't keep around. Celery seed on the other hand I do have a bottle at hand-- here's a simple substitute to yield a small bottle's worth, but feel free to adjust upward or downward depending on how much you need the proportion and method are all the same. 1 SERVING = 1 TSP, 12 TSP IN 4 OZ