My Moments & Homemade Curry Spice
10 Fri, 2011 § 4 Comments
I may not be expressing myself here daily, but it does not mean I am without expression or depth lately.
I have been spending a lot of time in my head, twirling thoughts, opinions, ideas, emotions…around the finger of my mind. It’s not even that I don’t know how to articulate them, though often that’s part of it. Sometimes, we’d rather just experience the moment rather than focus on expressing — or re-expressing — it. I guess I am just into feeling these experiences right now & sharing what might arise from them when it feels natural, rather than trying to force it.
How I have been spending my time isn’t a result of “being in my head”; it’s when I do these things that thoughts, emotions & new dimensions arise within.
Much of my days have been spent moving (meaning climbing, swimming, biking, etc), baking, grinding spices, making gifts & reading.
I am content to simply live in these moments & see what arises from them.
I hope you are also truly living just as much as you are sharing & expressing part of your life & yourself here with us.
Homemade Curry Powder
makes ~1/4 cup
- 2 tsp peppercorns (I used a mix of green, pink & black)
- 2 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1 tsp fennel seed
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- seeds from 4 cardamom pods, gently crack & remove seeds from pods (save pods for flavoring tea, ice cream, pudding or yogurt)
- 2 whole cloves
In a clean, dry pan over medium-low to medium heat, toast each spice individually until fragrant & a few wisps of smoke rise. Gently shake the pan often (or the whole time) so the spices toast evenly & do not burn. Each spice should only take 1 – 2 minutes to toast. Set each spice aside to cool slightly. Combine the toasted spices in a spice or coffee grinder (I use the chop attachment on my Magic Bullet, which works perfectly) & pulse until a fine powder forms.
Play around with the spice combination to find what you love best. If you are not in love with fennel like I am, reduce the amount. If you would like a hotter curry, add more cayenne. Make it yours, & I promise, you will love it so much more than any powdered curry you have bought from the store.
p.s. What is on your Summer reading list? Suggestions please? I am recently enamored with Margaret Atwood & just finished Oryx & Crake as well as The Year of the Flood. I appreciate authors who use their work to make bold social statements. I need to stop by the library again soon.