I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my flock, his name is Jonas. He is a little blueish grey parakeet. He came to live with me last Monday. It is always fun to get to know a new animal but it has been a long time since I got a new bird and an even longer time since I got such a young bird. I had forgotten how much work the little ones are.
Slowly, Jonas is revealing his personality to me. I have already learned Jonas is pretty fearless. When I took him out of the box he came home in, he immediately jumped on the big cage and introduced himself to everyone. Instead of needing a few days in a separate cage to get used to eveyone else, Jonas just climbed inside the big cage and took over a perch. Jonas is starting to let me pick him up and hold him without having to chase him around the cage. I should be able to start finger training him and training him to stay where I put him soon.
It has been brought to my attention that I didn’t link to my homemade taco seasoning recipe in my pressure cooker taco soup recipe. I went to link to it only to discover, I have never posted my taco seasoning recipe at all. I guess after almost 3 years of blogging and 300 recipes I am allowed to be a little forgetful. Ha. Ha.Ha. So here at last is my taco seasoning recipe.
Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
To use: Brown 1/2 pound of ground meat until no longer pink. Drain the grease. Add 1 -2 TBS taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water. Cook 10 – 15 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the sauce thickened.
If you went to India and asked someone about finding some Madras curry powder no one would know what you were asking for. Madras curry powder doesn’t actually exist in India. It was created by the British in the 18th century to help them recreate the curries they had in India when they come back to England.
If you like your curries hot, this is the spice blend for you. If you like milder curries go easy on this spice blend. You have been warned.
English Style Madras Curry Powder
1 TBS coriander seed
2 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
5-7 dried red Thai chilies
1 tsp ground tumeric
Mix everything together except the ground turmeric, and grind in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. The texture should be similar to course ground black pepper. Add the tumeric and mix well. Store in an airtight container for 1 month.
I am not a stranger to making my own spice blends. However, this blend is the first time I have ever made a spice blend grinding whole spices. All I can say is WOW!!!!! IT SMELLS AMAZING!!!! I am sorry for yelling but I don’t have scratch and sniff posts……. yet. Seriously, I could wear this stuff as perfume. I am very excited to try this blend in my next recipe. Mr. Iyer suggests using this blend instead of store bought curry powder in any recipe with curry powder. I used a mortar and pestle to grind my spices but you can use a dedicated coffee grinder to do it too. The first recipe using this spice blend will be posted on Monday.
Today I started a pantry cleanse. A pantry cleanse is where I plan all my meals around things I already have in my pantry. Once I am out of something It is out for the duration of the challenge. I am only allowed to buy milk, eggs and produce. The idea is to use up all the little bits of stuff that you forget you have. My pantry cleanses usually last two weeks. The further I get into the cleanse I get the more creative I am forced to get as my pantry gets emptier and emptier.
Tonight I whipped up a fajita seasoning and made tempeh fajitas. I am just giving you the seasoning recipe today, as it can be used for other things. I will post the fajita recipe tomorrow.