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Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 8th, 2018, 12:32 pm

When in Southall last Friday the only MS I could find was a large catering tub. So now I probably have enough for the rest of my life ! In comparison to the fancy dinky pots it was great value - so now I am trying to find a host of savoury recipes were I can add a T spoon here and there. I know I can use it is cakes and sweet cookery but we tend to eat more savoury. I have added MS to moussaka and some other mince dishes and curry. Are there any that I have missed ??
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby KC2 » February 8th, 2018, 1:16 pm

It would go well in taginey type dishes, I would have thought ...
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 8th, 2018, 6:18 pm

Thanks KC2 I had not thought of that recipe. :tu:
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Hope » February 8th, 2018, 7:17 pm

I have never even thought of using it in savoury dishes!
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 8th, 2018, 10:23 pm

Most greeks use the aromatic spices in their meat cookery. Curries have most of the ingredients of mixed spice.
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby StokeySue » February 8th, 2018, 10:26 pm

I have 2 kinds of mixed spice - English (aka Christmas spice aka pudding spice) which as far as I'm concerned is only for use insweet dishes (in fact I might have chucked it)

Then I have Baharat, Turkish or Middle Eastern mixed spice for savoury dishes. Used in marinades and bread, but above all as a flavouring for kofte (meatballs, rissoles) and minced meat kebabs
Think this pretty much sums it up, some decent looking recipes :tu:
https://rawspicebar.com/blogs/spices-101/baharat-spice-recipes

I suppose garammasala is a form of mixed spice too!
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Badger's mate » February 8th, 2018, 10:40 pm

I suppose it depends upon the composition. There's no standard recipe but usually 'mixed spice' is predominantly a mixture of cinnamon & coriander with a bit of nutmeg, ginger and cloves added. It makes sense to use them as you have in curries and dishes that use cinnamon, such as moussaka therefore, but also youvetsi.

Some mixtures contain fennel. If yours does it might be worth trying in place of five-spice powder in an oriental braised dish. I once inadvertently used five-spice instead of mixed spice in an apple tart and it was perfectly alright, maybe it would work the other way around too.

How about trying it in mashed swede? I always add nutmeg, perhaps mixed spice would work too.



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Re: Mixed spice

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 9th, 2018, 5:47 am

Hope wrote:I have never even thought of using it in savoury dishes!


Same here!

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread though for ideas as I intend to buy some to use in sweet bread pudding, refuse to pay £1 in Sainsbury's for a piddly amount and my Asian spice shop do not sell it. So am on the lookout for stockists too at the moment.
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby karadekoolaid » February 9th, 2018, 9:55 am

I agree with Badger´s Mate: it depends on what´s in the mixture.
So I´d suggest:
Indian food, of course.
Rice dishes - pulao , paella - type dishes
Lentils and beans
Indonesian dishes
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 9th, 2018, 7:54 pm

OK the pot of MS I have is 500g !!! It consists of coriander, cinnamon, ginger, caraway, cloves and pimento. I realise that pimento is allspice berries but can see from the internet that the spices in MS vary greatly. The only slightly unusual spice I think is caraway, which I like and am keen to try in this mix. Interestingly, there is a recipe on the side of the pack for Jamaican Chocolate cake, which I will try in the future. :chops:
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby KC2 » February 9th, 2018, 8:40 pm

Love the sound of Jamaican chocolate cake!!
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 9th, 2018, 8:48 pm

KC2, the printing on the pot label is soooooo small, I shall have to wait until bright sunlight and I have my magnifying glass available.

Will post it here when I can read it !
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby KC2 » February 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm

Zosherooney wrote:KC2, the printing on the pot label is soooooo small, I shall have to wait until bright sunlight and I have my magnifying glass available.

Will post it here when I can read it !


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Re: Mixed spice

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 9th, 2018, 11:24 pm

KC2 wrote:Love the sound of Jamaican chocolate cake!!


So do I!
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 11th, 2018, 12:38 pm

Jamaican Chocolate Cake

170g SR flour
1/2tsp BP
1 tsp mixed spice
170g butter
100g icing sugar
3 eggs
2tblsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water
115g gran. sugar
150ml water
2 cinnamon sticks
50ml dark rum
2tblsp chopped almonds
170g semi sweet chocolate
whipped cream (opt).

Oven 165 cent. grease a 20cm sq. baking tin, lightly dust with flour. Sift the first 3 ingredients. Add butter, eggs and icing sugar. Blend cocoa powder with hot water and add to flour mixture. Using an electric mixer, blend until smooth. Spoon into baking pan and bake for 1.5 hours until well risen and the cake pulls away from the edge of the pan. Turn onto wire rack and cool. On a med heat, dissolve water and granulated sugar add cinnamon. sticks and stir until sugar is dissolved, boil for 5 mins. Remove from heat, discard cinnamon sticks and add rum. Place cake on a serving plate and spook syrup on top, leave to stand for 2 hours. Decorate cake with chopped almonds, break choc into pan and melt over low heat, spread evenly over cake, leave to stand, Pipe whipped cream around the bottom of the cake.

Personally 1.5 hours seems a long time in the oven but I would just keep an eye on it. I would also prick the cake (like you would for lemon drizzle) before pouring that rummy mixture over it. I would also mix the chopped almonds into the chocolate mixture before spreading over cake - sounds easier to me. If you do make it, do post and let me know how it goes.
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Seatallan » February 11th, 2018, 6:08 pm

Does sound rather yummy doesn't it? :chops:
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby KC2 » February 11th, 2018, 8:21 pm

Seatallan wrote:Does sound rather yummy doesn't it? :chops:


yes it does!

Only 1 tsp of mixed spice from a 500g tub :lol:
enough for an awful lot of cakes ;)
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 11th, 2018, 11:55 pm

The print of the recipe was sooo small, in the end I had to take a photo of the recipe on my phone then zoom in on it. Even in bright daylight and a magnifying glass it was minute !!

Yep, it's a big tub but it was only £3.49 so represents good value for the rest of my life - the Spice of Life !!! :lol:
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby suffolk » February 12th, 2018, 7:53 am

Bag it in smaller quantities and freeze it Zosh ... it won't keep its flavour for long otherwise.
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby scullion » February 12th, 2018, 10:19 am

maybe she considers that her time will be up within the next couple of years!
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby suffolk » February 12th, 2018, 10:56 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4HXJBi9hQY

Not quite how I see Zosh, but I think there's an element of the bad girl in most of us ......... after all we are Wildies 8-)
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby earthmaiden » February 12th, 2018, 1:31 pm

Hmmm, buying large quantities of such things can sometimes be false economy - but I'm glad you did because that choc cake recipe looks excellent!

The smell of mixed spice for cakes whisks me straight back about 60 years to 'helping' my ma bake in a steamy kitchen. We often made a fruit cake which was called Overnight Cake (because the mixture was left to stand overnight) and it had a lovely smell of spice. I must make one soon.
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Badger's mate » February 12th, 2018, 1:35 pm

maybe she considers that her time will be up within the next couple of years!


Must admit I thought long and hard before taking up the three year option on a Senior Railcard ...
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 12th, 2018, 3:07 pm

I'm not planning on popping my clogs anytime soon. I have too much I want to finish before then..... Not my kind of beat Suff. I like real music. Slightly confused with the lyrics ??? I'm not a bad person ???? Maybe I'm missing the point....
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby suffolk » February 12th, 2018, 3:18 pm

In that context 'Bad' means good Zosh ... young urban hip-type speak ............. thought it'd be right up your street ;)

https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2015/12/bad.html
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby Zosherooney » February 12th, 2018, 4:39 pm

Doh ! We only have the Worzels down this way in Wildest Wiltshire...... Sorry Suff. right over my head ! :duck:
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Re: Mixed spice

Postby suffolk » February 12th, 2018, 5:08 pm

Tee hee ... you gotta get down with the kids :lol: 8-)
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