Fluke spice mix

Mustard seeds, cinnamon, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, black pepper, dried mint

I oscillate between cooking with seasoning cubes that contain MSG (monosodium glutamate) and not cooking at all with them for long periods. To be honest I do not care for arguments for or against using MSG, it’s a sink hole I’m unwilling to explore.

I like cooking with spices, herbs, roots… because

  • Layering flavours is almost a lost art because of the quick fix appeal of seasoning cubes.
  • There’s an abundance of nutrients and health benefits to be derived from them
  • I try to be deliberate about what I put in my body. There is already an over exposure to chemicals we encounter on a daily basis, so if I can at least reduce one exposure I try to cut out what is processed.
  • MSG is naturally occuring in many foods and I can enjoy it in its natural occurring form instead.
Blended fluke spice mix. I wish you could smell it!

This spice mix is so good and I’m so miffed that I didn’t measure this out when I made. I just eyeballed some spices I use regularly, and blended them together, adjusting accordingly.

Turns out so good, I hope I can make it as good the next time. I’d do it over sometime soon and hope I nail it or even do better.

Ingredients

  • Mustard seeds
  • Cinnamon,
  • Coriander seeds
  • Fennel seeds (not too much as it can turn the mix bitter)
  • Cardamom pods (green)
  • Black pepper
  • Dried mint

I’ve used this to cook my meats, gave me a really nice rich stock, cooked stew, jollof, fried rice with it

Habits are hard to break maybe some day my cooking is 100% MSG free. If you are interested in exploring MSG free cooking there are a couple of Nigerian advocates teaching natural alternatives to MSG cooking, chief amongst them is Lagos HouseWife, check her social media pages out

Author: Omolabake for #OunjeAladun

Food should be an experience, one to be savored, explored, experimented with, played with and expressed. I hope I can take you on different parts of my journeys with food through Ounje Aladun. I'm Omolabake Bode-Matthew, a Foodie, Gardener, Entrepreneur ( I run a healthy beverage options company Fontaine De Vie), Mum, Wife, Lawyer by certificates lol, pretend art enthusiast, lover of good music, can't sing, can't dance... And I welcome you to my blog.

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