Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is on your mind and what is new in your life. Today I am thinking about spices.
Last night I took a couple of hours and made a bunch of sauces for my niece and her family. They are struggling like many Americans and I stopped by Chef’s Mart and got a 6½ pound can of tomato sauce and a 6½ pound can of diced fire roasted tomatoes. A large onion, some garlic cloves, celery, salt, pepper, and wine and I came up with a huge pot of basic sauce. I then took three cups at a time and add other spices and things turning the sauces into Tex-Mex, Stir Fry, Teriyaki, Cajun, Chili, BBQ, Sesame Ginger, and Italian. Two big bags of pasta and they are set for meals for quite a while. I also whipped up a batch of curry sauce. The recipes are here if you are interested.
I always loved my Mom’s spice cabinet. It was given to her many years ago when I was engaged to a guy from Texas. He bought it for her. It hung on her wall for years. It was never used and when I moved in she suggested that I put my spices there. I have a second spice rack because I use so many spices in my cooking. I have a third rack that has the overflow of spices. I will keep the two main racks filled from the third. It is one of my favorite kitchen tasks to fill up the spices as I use them. The spices smell so good.
Right now my house smells of tomato, ginger, and curry. There is nothing like the smell of spices to make a house feel so good to be in. Spices are a comforting smell.