Monday, December 20, 2010

Cinnamon vs Comino (Cumin)

As a Latina (well, half that is), culturally, two of my favorite spices are Cinnamon and Cumin.  But somehow, I have this horrible habit of picking up the Cumin when I mean to use the Cinnamon.  I did it again this morning.

The very first time I did this, and let me just tell you, the ones I use are from the same manufacturer, in the same bottle with the same labels, so I'm not QUITE insane.  Anyway, the first time I did this, we had just gotten an ice cream maker, and to start, I thought I'd do the basic vanilla, just to get used to the machine.  All was well, then I got the bright idea, because I love Cinnamon, to put some of that into the mix.  Of course, I picked up the Cumin.  After two mighty shakes of the container, the aroma hit me, and I realized my error.  Alas, I was not about to toss out all that good mix.  So, I decided to make Cumin ice cream.  It was fabulous!

This morning, as I mentioned in my previous post, I was going to have my Muesli.  And I decided to add some cinnamon... and tossed in the cumin.  Again, it was the aroma that cued me in to my error.  Oh well, the ice cream came out fine, let's roll with it!

Well, gang, this was not quite the culinary masterpiece I created with Cumin Ice Cream.  But I ate it; for I don't like to waste, especially my favorite Muesli.  Now, I wonder, is there any exciting health benefit to Cumin that my subconscious it trying to get me to use MORE cumin than I already do?  I have heard that Turmeric can help with some forms of cancer... maybe my subconscious meant me to use that.   Oh well, who knows.  But I resolve to try hard to READ spice labels before applying them to my dishes-in-progress.

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