Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dreaming of Spices

I hope our lucky giveaway winners enjoyed Cooking With Stella!

I have been thinking about spice a lot lately and will definitely test out butter chicken recipes quite soon - that was the #1 request from our readers. Can I honestly say that I have not eaten this more than twice? So far, I have preferred nicely done Tandoori chicken, but I may change my mind!

Some of you also asked for restaurant recommendations... When I crave juicy, tender tandoori chicken, I go to Ceylonta. Every single time, it has lived up to my expectations.

I read just yesterday some wonderful suggestions from Ottawa Food Blogger Shari of Whisk - she also writes for Metro, read her Indian Lunch suggestions!

Spices, spices, spices. I suggest that you buy the best possible... Read Rachelle Eats Food and her wonderful discovery of Epices de Cru. Philippe de Vienne and Ethnee have been to the urban element some years ago and had the most impressive selection and quality - it is worth every penny.

No ham, lamb or turkey for me this Easter - I'm trying out Indian at home!



  1. I totally agree that you need to buy the best spices possible. But sometimes this can be very hard and you don't know how long they have been sitting on the shelf. Also ground spices go off very quickly so its best to grind whole spices first.

    I make a fresh all natural butter chicken spice mix that is so easy to make up and tastes absolutely fantastic. The garam masala spices in the mix have all been roasted and ground to release their wonderful flavors.

    You can see my recipe here www.butter-chicken.com

  2. Thank you Sandra, we will be looking at that recipe!