african spices

Tunisian cuisine is rich in seafood (especially tuna), couscous, peppers, tomatoes, and aubergine. It uses meat in the form of lamb, veal, and goat. Spices are heavily used for flavor. Tunisian cuisine differs in one major way from other cooking in the region in that Tunisians like their food more spicy. Harissa is a condiment that’s often added for additional spice. It consists of crushed dried red peppers, garlic, and other spices like coriander, cumin, mint, verbena leaves, rose petals, tomatoes, and/or caraway oil. It’s a staple of Tunisian cooking and is added to dishes like falafel, sausage, stews, couscous or soups or meat rubs. Tabil (”seasoning”) also is a spice mix, using 2 large garlic cloves that have been peeled, chopped, and dried for 2 days with ¼ cup coriander, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, and 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. Pound these ingredients together in a mortar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (although it will loose its spiciness as time passes). 

Tunisia has a great many other spices used regularly in cooking. Thyme and rosemary grow widely and often naturally flavor meats as the animals graze on the spices in the fields where they are raised. Fish is often spiced with cumin when grilled and one of the national specialties, Mloukhia, is prepared with bay leaves. Stews are thickened with corete and one of the favored ways to spice when preparing lamb is rubbing it with olive oil, salt, fresh mint, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. As in most Arabic/North African cuisine, coriander, cumin, saffron, and sumac are very popular and are used in many dishes. Caraway seeds are often used to get spice into the dish, as are chili peppers.

Why white people don't like me
  • White person: omg. Your mom makes corned beef? Black people don't eat corned beef!
  • Me: well actually, many slave owners were Irish and slave owners taught their slaves to cook what they liked and ofc recipes are passed down through generations so it's really not surprising that a lot of black people eat corned beef

Tentative names for the new team. 
Bucket: “Tasire” or Tas for short. Named after the West African spice Tsire
Junior: “Anise”. Named after the Asian spice Star Anise
Luna: “Carda”. Named after the Indian spice Cardamom
Nozzle: “Rikka”. Named after the Central American spice Paprika

So yeah, they’re basically the spice squids. I may even rename their team to something like that.

Let me know what you guys think. And considering I was trying to get regional spices to name them? If I’ve stepped on anyone’s toes, TELL ME, and I’ll rename them all if I have to. I don’t wanna be disrespectful to anyone.

Also Tasire’s name needs some more work. They’re definitely gonna be the genderfluid squid that I wanted on this team, and I was planning on them having at least a gender neutral nickname because of it.

Recipe of the Day: Grilled Cauliflower Steak Dinner
Rubbed with harissa (North African spiced chile paste) and wrapped in foil, inch-thick cauliflower steaks become a fork-tender main dish with a hint of char.

47lightyears  asked:

Uhura making the best eggnog because of her knowledge of African spices. Chapel being largely bemused by the holiday antics, but not really participating except for a packet of dried plomeek soup showing up on Spock's pillow with a note written in beautiful script that says "Make it yourself." The engineering crew going caroling through the Jeffries tubes because the acoustics are so damn good.

Imagine the engineering crew getting stuck and having to call scotty for help

Imagine bones watching from the sidelines laughing