is a very important consideration in food. Eating things
that taste bland, or bad, is not only no fun, itís not the
best for overall health. In order for life to be a full,
rich experience, foods need to taste good!
Using seasonings is where the true
artistry in cooking comes in. Often we eat high fat foods
because the fats are what carry the flavours in foods. Fat,
salt, and sweet are the basic flavour experiences many of us
grew up with. The problem is all three of these need to be
used in moderation to avoid serious health problems. When
we learn to use other seasonings and herbs to flavour our foods,
the healthier they become.
How do you want your food to taste? The
seasonings are what add much to this dimension. Learning the basics
with this takes a little experimentation, but the principles
are easy. After a little practice you can flavour your
food just the way you want it to taste!
Since most of us eat about two to three
times the amount of salt that is good for us, using other
flavours is an important skill to acquire. High salt intake
is directly linked to high blood pressure, which is a killer
over the long haul. Itís hard to feel good when our blood
pressure is high, and itís silently harming our hearts,
blood vessels and kidneys. While we may not be able to
completely control other contributing factors to high blood
pressure, like stress and heredity, we can control our salt
Another thing to keep in mind when
considering seasonings is that spices that are hot when
cold, like black and red pepper, are not the best for either
the nervous system or the stomach. Weíre better off letting
our taste buds adjust to the milder seasonings. When we use
hot spices, nothing else seems to taste good, as our taste
buds cannot taste anything but the strong chemicals.
As itís the fats and oils in foods that
have the most taste, this is something that can get us into
trouble. We enjoy deep fried foods, with lots of salt,
because they taste good and we are used to them. Cheeses
and many other prepared foods we customarily use have a high salt
content, and we often add salt to our foods to further
enhance the flavour. The problem is, as we have
been looking at, the high fat, high salt, diet is not the
best for our heart and circulatory system, immune system,
and seems to exaggerate problems like arthritis. A high fat
diet is also implicated in type II diabetes.
Garlic is a very nutritious seasoning
that goes well in many dishes. From Italian to Chinese,
garlic has much to offer. While some like to use fresh
garlic, many keep garlic powder or flakes on hand. An
easy way to skin fresh garlic is to crush the cloves by
rolling with a rolling pin. The skin come right off
and it's easy to chop up or crush in a garlic press
(a good item to add to the kitchen tools!). Garlic
is always good in soups and vegetable dishes, and I even
like it on popcorn with a little olive oil.
Spice World in Waterford
has garlic powder, and many other herbs and spices, in bulk
quantities at reasonable process.
Herbs like thyme, parsley, and dill seeds
can add flavour to vegetable dishes and soups. Oregano and
basal go well in Italian dishes like spaghetti and pastas.
Cumin and chili peppers are a must for Mexican type dishes,
along with fresh coriander (also called cilantro). Cardamom
and coriander power in combination give a zesty flavour to
deserts, as does cinnamon. Ginger, anise and soy sauce are
imperative to Chinese cooking, and curry powder, cumin,
ginger, mustard seed and coriander are important to Indian
There is a whole world of flavours
waiting to be unlocked with your special touch. Doing a
little research on line about ethnic foods can get you
started with using various herbs and seasonings to produce
the different flavours you desire. With a little practice,
you can have the best tasting food in your neighbourhood!
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