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1. Spice of the Month "Cumin"

2. Hummous Recipe

3. Subscriber Spice Blend

"When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste".  ~Laiko Bahrs

Out of all the herbs and spices available, cumin seeds, along with coriander seeds, are the ones that seem to end up in most of my cooking!

Second only to black peppercorns, from Mexico to India to Africa, cumin seeds and ground cumin are used in the cuisines of many cultures throughout the world.

Not only is ground cumin a vital ingredient in many curry powder and masala blends, it's also used a lot in the well known Turkish spice mix baharat and the North African spice blend ras el hanout.

Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. It is traditionally used in Indian, Middle-Eastern, Spanish and Italian cuisine. Cumin, like a lot of spices, was used in ancient Roman cooking.

But not only are cumin seeds and ground cumin an important part of a lot of cuisines worldwide, it's also beneficial to health...

...And here are just a few cumin health benefits:

  • Cumin combined with banana is said to be an effective cure for insomnia
  • Drink cumin tea to remedy an upset stomach
  • It's a rich source of iron
  • And a traditional remedy for colds

    So all in all a very versatile spice. Carry on reading for some tasty cumin recipes.

    Yummy Hummous With Cumin

    This is an easy healthy hummous dip recipe.

    Makes about 2 cups

    1 x 15oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
    ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
    3 garlic cloves
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Half an onion
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    Salt & Pepper

    Drain the chickpeas, but keep the liquid. Put all the ingredients - except salt & pepper - in a blender and blend while slowly adding the saved chickpea liquid until you get the thickness you want.

    Season & taste.

    This is a homemade curry powder from Jamie S, a subscriber from Burlington, Ontario.


    2 tablespoons coriander seeds
    2 tablespoons cumin seeds
    10 cloves
    10 peppercorns
    1 teaspoon turmeric powder
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon ginger powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon paprika powder


    Lightly roast the coriander, cumin, cloves and peppercorns, let cool. In a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder, crush or grind to a fine powder. Sieve and mix with other spices.

    Info on roasting and grinding spices. https://www.bespokespices.com/cooking-with-spices.html

    Until next month,

    Have a Happy Xmas and Great New Year

    Jason - Bespoke Spices

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