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Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

I decided to make a Moorish themed dinner this Sunday. The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. While Moorish cuisine is little different from that of Morocco, the Moors had a great effect on the gastronomy of Spain. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them. However, this period was also pre-contact with the New World, so that some items that are common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines had not yet been introduced to European diets—no tomatoes or chilies, including paprika and cayenne.

Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

Karl’s Moorish Chicken Tajine

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Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

I decided to make a Moorish themed dinner this Sunday. The Moors controlled most of present day Spain from the 8th–15th centuries. While Moorish cuisine is little different from that of Morocco, the Moors had a great effect on the gastronomy of Spain. They introduced almonds, citrus fruit and rice, as well as the irrigation systems necessary to grow them. However, this period was also pre-contact with the New World, so that some items that are common to today’s Spanish and Moroccan cuisines had not yet been introduced to European diets—no tomatoes or chilies, including paprika and cayenne.

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Karl’s Moorish Spice Blend

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Karl’s Chile Chicken Spice Blend

I had run out of my usual four chile chili powder, so I threw together a new blend for my chicken soup. Continue reading

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Karl’s Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar (Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken)

Adapted from a Saveur recipe

I am constantly looking for new ideas for recipes. I explore the internet with search strings like “ethnic barbecued chicken” just to see what comes up. This week it was Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar.

Karl’s Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar (Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken)

Karl’s Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar (Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken)

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Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

I had made a chile chicken and was kind of locked into recipes South of the Border for my leftover dishes. To season my chicken tacos and chili chicken soup, I made a batch of chili powder. This was enough seasoning for both dishes.

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

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Karl’s Quick Chili Powder

Chili powder—as a blend of spices—is composed chiefly of chile peppers and mixed with other spices including cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt. While there is some agreement about which spices this blend should contain, the amount of each is a matter for debate. This is not improved by the linguistic confusion between “chili powder”—as a blend of spices—and the “chili powder”—as in powdered dried chilies—used in those blends. In addition to the basic ingredients, some add other herbs and spices and still call it “chili powder.”

Karl’s Quick Chili Powder

Karl’s Quick Chili Powder

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Karl’s Moroccan Spice Mix II (another Ras el Hanout)

I have made the Moroccan spice blend Ras el Hanout before. For this Father’s Day, I wanted a Moroccan blend that was just a little bit simpler than 29 ingredients. Looking at my old recipe, I cut out the more obscure spices and adjusted the quantities. To be called a Ras el Hanout the blend should have at least these eleven spices: allspice, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne pepper, cloves, coriander seeds, ginger, mace, nutmeg, turmeric, and white pepper. The quantities of each spice vary widely between blends I have found.

Karl’s Moroccan Spice Mix II (another “Ras el Hanout”)

Karl’s Moroccan Spice Mix II (another “Ras el Hanout”)

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Karl’s Barbecued Veracruz-style Fish Tacos

This dish has become a standard weekday meal at my house. Jan asks for it at least once or twice a month. This makes it a bit boring for me, so I am always tinkering with the recipe trying to make it even better.

Karl’s Barbecued Veracruz-style Fish Tacos

Karl’s Barbecued Veracruz-style Fish Tacos

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Karl’s Veracruz-style Fish Taco Spice Blend II

I thought I would change up the seasoning for my fish tacos. I found some guajillo ground chili. I added that to the mix as well as some coriander seeds. I also decided to eliminate the non-Mexican Indian chili powder.

Note: If you are a Vegan this would go well on grilled tofu or tempe.

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Advieh

Advieh is a Persian aromatic finishing spice and is usually a blend of five ingredients. Which five depends on the dish you are making. For a good discussion on this visit Persian Cuisine from Javane’s Kitchen.

Advieh

Advieh

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