Garam Masala

As I’m now on half term I have lots of cooking planned for the next week. First on the list was garam masala. I’ve been meaning to make some for ages, but just never got around to it. Traditionally garam masala contains cinnamon, cumin, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom, but it greatly varies depending on the region it is traditionally from. I came across this recipe on Kitchen Chick and as I had all the spices decided to give it a go.

The smell that filled the kitchen while the spices were roasting in the oven, was amazing. As I don’t have a coffee grinder I had to use my blender, pestle & mortar then passed it through a tea strainer to ensure I was left with just the powder. I was a bit scared about putting the whole nutmeg through the blender so grated it first. I’m looking forward to cooking with the spices.

This week is British Sausage Week and tomorrow is Apple Day so to celebrate we’re off to Chantry to buy some of their award winning sausages and I’m planning to make apple and plum strudel.

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