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Seven Spices

This is a proposed modification to the 15 ingredients list. If you were allowed to have seven spices as "freebies" to open up your 15 ingredients list, what would those 7 spices be? For the purposes of this thread I am not considering alliums (onions, shallots, garlic, etc.) as spices, those would have to stay in your ingredient list.)

Im thinking mine would be:

1. Salt
2. Pepper
3. Sugar
4. Cinnamon
5. Basil
6. Oregano
7. Mustard

how does your list affect your 15 items?

Mine would now look like this

1. beef
2. chicken
3. milk
4. eggs
5. beans (yes cheating a bit, probably pinto if i have to pick one)
6. rice
7. corn
8. flour
9. carrot
10. onion
11. garlic
12. peppers (pushing the limits here too, red bell if i need to pick)
13. tomatoes
14. lemon
15. seven spices

Still not easy. I want to add pork, fish, and some kind of greens-probably spinach, and a fruit-maybe banana or apple. I know that those settling the west had to do with a whole lot less, makes you appreciate their lives - even if they did supplement their diet with what they found along the way.

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  1. 1. Salt
    2. Garam Masala
    3. Old Bay
    4. Everglades Seasoning
    5. Powdered Chilis
    6. Cumin
    7. Oregano

    1. Chicken
    2. Catfish
    3. Shrimp
    4. Tomatoes
    5. Onion
    6. Bell Pepper
    7. Pork Butt
    8. Potato
    9. Rice
    10. AP Flour
    11. Masa Harina
    12. Lard
    13. Milk
    14. Eggs
    15. Blackberries

    1. 1. salt
      2. smoked paprika
      3. chipotle powder
      4. ras-al-hanout
      5. Penzey's Tuscan seasoning
      6. mustard
      7. cumin

      1. onion
      2. cabbage
      3. canned tomatoes
      4. lemon
      5. cornmeal
      6. beans
      7. sausage
      8. chicken
      9. tilapia
      10. eggs
      11. yogurt
      12. sheep's milk cheese
      13. quinoa
      14. greens (chard, or kale, or whatever's in season)
      15. olive oil

      3 Replies
      1. re: litchick

        spices should be one of the 15, but hey, who is counting

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          Oohhhhh. I though you were just separating spices from the list of 15 entirely.... My Bad.

          1. re: KiltedCook

            i too thought it was the intent to give one 7 free spices -- in addition to the 15 "ingredient" list.

            and bravo on the everglades seasoning, kilted cook! ;-).

      2. But I consider Mustard a condiment.....ketchup, mayo, mustard......etc. unless you mean dry mustard. And, oregano is an herb.

        1. Salt
        2. Black pepper
        3. Powdered ginger
        4. Creole seasoning
        5. Red pepper flakes
        6. Cumin
        7. Herbes de Provence

        1. onions
        2. carrots
        3. garlic
        4. seven spices
        5. rice
        6. EVOO
        7. tinned Italian tomatoes
        8. chickpeas
        9. herbs
        10. kale
        11. cabbage
        12. squash
        13. chicken
        14. pork
        15. fish

        4 Replies
        1. re: Gio

          I was thinking powdered mustard, funny you should ask since there is a video clip about mixing dry mustard with liquids. Since I don't consider beer, wine, and water "food" but beverages, all i'm missing is vinegar, I was planning to substitute lemon for vinegar anyhow. Are condiments food? I figured I would have to make my own mayo and ketchup.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Aha.... my father would debate with you regarding the fact that beer IS a food considering it contains grains, hops and yeast.....and since you have rice on your list, couldn't you conceivably make rice vinegar???

            1. re: Gio

              conceivably i could. i find it interesting how many of these chowhounds are contemplating butchering their own hogs and cattle, cleaning fowl, brewing beer, fermenting wine, and who knows what else. I don't remember the original question saying anything about quitting our jobs, having our friends help put up barns or root cellars, or getting permits to allow a milk cow in their 23rd floor condo. it all gives one pause, and i sure appreciate the variety of ingredients and flavors I have available to me, even if I rarely use them. I guess trying to get my visa or mastercard qualified as the single ingredient I could have would be cheating huh?

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Hah... we've both come a long way... Baby!

        2. 1) salt
          2) cinnamon
          3) marjoram
          4) basil
          5) 5-spice powder
          6) szechuan peppercorns
          7) cumin

          1) flour
          2) eggs
          3) tomato
          4) red wine
          5) butter
          6) chicken
          7) bacon
          8) siracha
          9) soy sauce
          10) apples
          11) spinach
          12) feta
          13) garlic
          14) ginger
          15) 7 spices

          I figure that way I can make my own pasta & doughs to mix things up. Wish I could get some more fruits & veggies on the list, but choosing just one of each I'm going with apples (available in decent quality year-round) and spinach (versatile - can go Italian, Asian, Greek, etc). Interesting how people differ on these.

          1. Salt
            Pepper
            Cinnamon
            Nutmeg
            Cumin
            Cloves (possibly substituting Tarragon or Dill)
            Ginger

              1. salt
                pepper
                cumin
                mustard
                thyme
                sumac or fennel seed -- i'm debating!
                basil

                ~~~
                ginger and garlic have to go on my main ingredients list.

                4 Replies
                1. re: alkapal

                  If you didn't use LOTS of dry mustard, you could stick with prepared mustard and then fit in both sumac AND fennel...that's what I had to do.

                  BTW, that swamp mustard sounds good!

                  1. re: cuccubear

                    ah, good trick, cuccu!

                    and i'm gonna get the swamp sampler -- there's a swamp cabbage picalilli in the mix! and swamp cabbage pickle cubes (those'd be good in a swampy martini!).

                    1. re: alkapal

                      A Swamp Martini? Isn't that what Hawkeye and BJ used to drink?

                2. 1. salt
                  2. black pepper
                  3. cumin
                  4. five spice
                  5. herbes de provence
                  6. italian seasoning
                  7. cayenne pepper
                  (I am soooo cheating there, but hey - if I can buy the blended spices, they count, right?)

                  As for the rest:
                  1. olive oil
                  2. garlic
                  3. spinach
                  4. Better Than Bouillion chicken (makes a decent chicken broth in a pinch)
                  5. jasmine rice
                  6. black beans
                  7. ginger
                  8. eggs
                  9. oyster sauce
                  10. green beans
                  11. bell peppers
                  12. vidalia onions
                  13. tomatoes
                  14. cilantro
                  15. soy sauce

                  Damn...that was tough. I'm not a vegetarian, but I'd have to give up meat if limited to so few ingredients.

                  1. Spices

                    Salt
                    Pepper
                    Cumin
                    Fenugreek
                    Cilantro
                    Dried Chiles
                    Cinnamon

                    Ingredients

                    Rice
                    Chicken
                    Soy Sauce
                    Garlic
                    Ginger-root
                    Vinegar
                    Broccoli
                    Spinach
                    Lentils
                    Lemons
                    Mung Beans
                    Soy Beans
                    Tomatoes
                    Carrots
                    Celery

                    1. coarse kosher salt
                      pepper
                      cinnamon
                      smoked paprika
                      italian seasoning (thanks for the idea)
                      red pepper flakes
                      sugar