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Spice it up

I’m so happy that the Thai grocery store has moved into Sollentuna Mall (they used to have the store with t’s entrance on the outside) so it’s easy peasy to shop. They have raw scampi (2kg) for a song compared to the supermarket and spices, curry paste and veggies among other things. Found Coriander power (which can’t ย be found at ICA Maxi, my go-to place for groceries) , Turmeric and Cumin powder in bags, not “puny” glass jars and large IMG_3705t

tubs of Thai Green and Red curry paste, which is a vast difference that the jars from Santa Maria, a Swedish spice company. Ah, I just love spicy cooking.

Asian hot dipping sauce

Wanted a little something for the pan fried scampi last night and came up with this:

1/2 dl rice vinegar , 1/2 dl mirin (you can up that if you want to), 1 red peri-pari chili,chopped, 1/2 jalapeno, sliced, 1-2tsk fresh ginger, grated, 1/2 spring onion, sliced, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice, flaked sea salt, grounded black pepper, 1/2-1 tsp raw sugar, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp white sesame seeds.

Stir it all together in a bowl.

 

Why not a cook book too?

OK, this is the scoop – my paternal grandma worked in the cold kitchen and my mom was a home ed teacher, so cooking is something I do. And often well. OK, so my paternal granddad was head gardener at the exotic green house in the botanical garden of Uppsala, so I have my way with seeds and plants too ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I don’t grow that much eating stuff, this year I have sown 8 kinds of tomatoes, 5 kind of cucumbers and 10 sorts of hot chilies as well as sweet pepper and cantaloupe melons. Reading this I think I just have to go and get some seeds for eggplants as well…..I don’t think there is anything tastier than the ones you grow yourself and while the kids was in daycare, they asked for cuces to take along as snacks:)

As I said, cooking is something that kind of defines me and people coming to dinner nowadays “expect” to be well fed. I do have a nice collection of cookbooks, my latest favs are some of Jamie Olivers and the Hairy Bikers Diet cookbook (the yellow one, is waiting for the first and the new Asian). I think The HBs top it all cause they give low cal recipes that tastes great. If you spice them up a bit that is. But IMHO that is the case with most cook books and food magazines – you (=I) simply have to add more spices. “I like it hot. Your kind of hot” – quote from Wild Hogs ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t know how many years it is that have passed, but suddenly I dared to let go of professional peoples recipe and flied solo. There has been some bumpy rides every now and then, but most of the times it has been smooth. Not alway, but every so often, I have remembered to write down my compositions and with this blog, my intention is to share them with you.

So welcome to my kind of hot ๐Ÿ˜‰