Spices are a creative cook's Crayolas...enter a spice market and the endless rows of earthen hues, stimulating scents and arrays of flavors will crank your culinary gears in a thousand different delicious directions.
So I say go bold and challenge tradition! Spices know no boundaries...they infuse into every cuisine with ease. Let go of your inhibitions and play away with them! Make up a taco recipe that uses Chinese five-spice powder. Stir fry some soba noodles using za'atar. Add aji panca to your chocolate ganache. As a good friend said to me recently when I commented on her salad cream and mint jelly sandwich, "don't knock it til you've tried it". Sounds like wise spice advice to me. ;)
Blend them any way you like, experiment just like you did as a kid with that giant box of crayons. Taste, change, refine and revise until it feels right. Then share your spicy delight! :)
from Livvy at 86 Lemons
from Cookie and Kate
from Ginny at Vegan in the Freezer
from Jenny and Heather of Spork Foods via The Discerning Brute
from Nada at One Arab Vegan
from Annie at Meet The Shannons
from Willow at Will Cook For Friends
from Susan at FatFree Vegan Kitchen
from Jaymi & Kelly at Treehugger and Kaela at Local Kitchen
from Helen at Lots of Nice Things
from Terry at Vegan Latina
Do you like spicy food? Name 3 spices you can't live without. Can you tell me one spice that's common to all of the recipes above? What's the hottest spiciest thing you've ever eaten?