Thursday, November 18, 2010
Spices Are Timeless
Just like Americans are always complaining about the blandness of their gourmet restaurant food, Ancient Egyptians also jazzed up their food with all kinds of spices. Salt was used to preserve meat and to add flavor to Egyptian dishes. Mint, cumin, dill, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, sage, vinegar, and coriander were all spices used to season food, many are in your everyday diet at home! Honey was especially used to make foods and drinks more flavorful. Anise was used to make a licorice, not like the sweet, cherry candy we love, but close. A spice everyone should have in their pantry was also used in Ancient times, cinnamon. Too bad there wasn't any sugar cane to whip up a batch of snicker doodles! Along with sugar, pepper was no where to be found in Ancient Egypt.