{seriously obsessed with spices}

5 Feb

everyone knows i love to cook.

for the most part, i keep it super simple when making meals. and my philosophy is :

quality in = quality out.

in other words – if you start with good ingredients, you generally end with a good meal…

i have only recently begun experimenting with spices in my cooking. i have been collecting spice jars over the last few years, as i was gypsy-ing around the country… and when i settled in a place i feel at home in, i felt super excited to finally display my spice jars.

i received these cool 3-tiered bamboo spice racks as a christmas gift, and i was so eager to get my spice jars out of the cabinet and onto the counter.

it’s the little things, right?!

something about seeing this beautiful rainbow collection of spices just makes me feel so happy inside. and it’s really been fun to experiment with the different aromas/flavours.

of course, in true audrey michelle form, i alphabetized my spices.

here’s what is in my collection :

  • some kind of awesome spice my friend brought me from argentina 
  • all-spice
  • bay leaves
  • celery seed
  • chives
  • cilantro {homegrown and dried}
  • cinnamon
  • comfrey
  • coriander 
  • cumin
  • curry powder
  • dill {homegrown and dried}
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • herbs de province 
  • kelp 
  • lemon peel 
  • marjoram 
  • nutmeg
  • old bay seasoning (can’t live without it)
  • onion
  • oregano 
  • parsley
  • paprika
  • pickling spices
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • sesame seed (black)
  • salt (black)
  • tarragon (LOVE THIS STUFF!)
  • turmeric
  • saffron 
  • vanilla 





5 Responses to “{seriously obsessed with spices}”

  1. Anthony Mark February 5, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    Keeping It Seriously Simple and delicious


  2. Dewey Siharath March 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm #

    I have a few more herbs that I can introduce you to this summer – kaffir lime leaf (great with any curry dish, seafood in particular), culantro (sawtooth basil), lemongrass, fennel (I love this fresh! Eat it right out of my front yard, at the foot of the steps – wonder what my neighbors think when they look out the window and see Dewey’s plucking something off the ground and start chewing – perhaps they’ll join in), and a few others. You must also add cloves and star anise to your spice collection. Remember – “He who controls the spice controls the universe.”


    • Dewey Siharath March 22, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

      I also have turmeric roots if you want to grow turmeric this year. The turmeric foliage has a wonderful fragrance. I dried them and hangs it in my kitchen.


      • food & foto February 8, 2021 at 6:49 pm #

        again, i appreciate you so very much and i miss you all at the DCG. please give everyone my best. i hope to see you soon!


    • food & foto February 8, 2021 at 6:47 pm #

      hi dewey! oh my goodness, so kind of you to read my blogs and to take time to comment. i’m so sorry i didn’t see this sooner. i miss you and i miss the garden so much! thank you for your wonderful ideas and influence on gardening, and for offering to share your knowledge and even your plants with me! i don’t know that i’ll be able to grow the same things up here in the north… although they say i’m on the border of the same zone as NC. i know we all experienced some rough times in 2020, but i do hope we can stay in touch! i love your story of picking things from your yard and eating them with the neighbors watching haha! that’s the idea, right?! grow foods, not lawns. and yes, i will take your advice and add star anise to my spices! i appreciate you so much and i am sending you tons of good vibes and prayers.


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