I don't like packet mixes - I might use them if it's french onion soup mix or .. hang on.. maybe that's it.... I used powdered stock instead of making it but I really dislike how 'cooking' these days for most people is bunging a packet mix of something in with some water/milk.. and presto! There's your beef burgandy! Umm don't people realise that there's really only about 5-6 ingredients you need to make it from scratch? What exactly is in those mixes? Cornflour/stock/dried herbs and goodness knows what else? Those companies are making a "packet" out of the 'un-cooking' world.
Look I'm all for convenience but I've come to realise - people cook to eat and others cook to cook and eat. I love creating something 'from scratch' and knowing I can call on the recipe without consulting Mr McCormicks or Ms Maggi.
Even the magazines are doing it - Moroccan Seasoning, Korma Curry paste are just two I've come across in the past couple of weeks. I don't have either so I look them up on google - and what do you know? I have all the ingredients! So I actually can make the recipe, and I don't need to buy another jar for my fridge or my pantry!
To illustrate my point - here are some widely used herb spice combinations you may have lying around your house:
Korma Paste (makes 2 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
few shakes chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon coriander/cilantro seeds
Moroccan Seasoning (makes 2 tablespoons)
1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander/cilantro
5/8 teaspoon allspice
5/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
Taco Seasoning can be found here
now I'm thinking about it - do people have individual spices or are people mainly just buying packet mixes and 'herb and spice mixes -seasoning" instead of traditional individual herbs and spices?
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