Making spice blends – my favourite part of the process. I freshly toast and grind all of my own spice blends and wouldn’t have it any other way. Other than a much deeper, better flavour, the process soothes my mind.
I’m a serial over-thinker, my brain mulling over at least 28 gazillion things at any given time. But when spices hit a hot pan, they get needy (think Mariah Carey needy.) They require you to stop everything you’re doing to just watch, smell and listen. I can smell a perfectly toasted cumin seed, see the colour change in a golden fenugreek seed and hear the way a mustard seed pops when it gets hot…My kind of meditation.
Sri Lankan Curry Powder is super fragrant and redolent of warm, tropical beaches.