Archive for June, 2013

As you’ll soon learn, there are all kinds of salts out there, and while some of us are told to watch our salt intake for various health reasons, those who can enjoy it have every reason to do so with Fleur De Sel. This salt is harvested in France by hand by workers who scrape off the top layer of salt from the salt pans, after drying in the sun and wind.

What you get is a moist salt with a well-defined crystalline structure that makes it unique to most salts. However, this is a finishing salt, too, and should NOT be used in the cooking process. This special salt is supposed to be sprinkled on top of food after its preparation so the flavors come through better.

Some say they’ve tasted after notes that are flowery, but I’m here to tell you, from personal experience, this salt doesn’t have floral tastes! However the taste is milder than other salts and would be a great ingredient to top off your next special dish. If you’d like to know a little more about Fleur De Sel, you can watch the video below:

About Fleur De Sel

Going Down Easy With Whole Star Anise

And The Star Of Our Kitchen Is . . . 

Most of you have, no doubt, seen this lovely spice relegated to the arts and crafts projects created by many of our illustrious, imaginative youngsters. But now it’s time to take this mysterious spice off the construction paper art work, and use it where it’s meant to be used: in our wonderful dishes we prepare.

You’ll recognize the smell right away, that familiar smell of licorice we all know too well. So what does this spice look like? A star, of course! Star Anise is actually a dried fruit from the evergreen tree, and mostly grown in China. When dried, it resembled an 8-point or 6-point star. And within the tips of the points, you’ll sometimes see the shiny, golden seed, which contains an oil you’ll see when it’s crushed.

Star Anise can be used whole, or you can use just the seeds. You can also grind it fresh just before use. If you use the whole stars, don’t over add, and be sure to remove them when your dish is finished cooking. Ground or whole, you’ll add tremendous flavor to your soups and stews when you drop these in the broth and allow them to simmer along with your other ingredients. The potent taste of this spice brings out the flavor in meats much like MSG, so for all those out there who want to remain MSG-free, this lovely spice can be the star of your kitchen! If you’re wanting a flavorful tea, use Star Anise to create a drink that’s soothing to your tummy.

What does Star Anise treat? Digestion is one area, along with calming colic and upset stomach, easing rheumatism, and increasing libido. You can also use this spice for freshening up your breath.

If you’d like to learn a little more about Star Anise and its uses, both kitchen and spiritual, check out these links below:

Quick Bites: Whole Star Anise

Other Uses For Star Anise