What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?
I had some new friends over the other evening for dinner and they were amazed by my collection of spices. Truth be told, I have gone way overboard but it started a good dinner table discussion about what we would consider our 5 or 6 essential spices.
What do you think? What are your 5 or 6 essential spices? Please keep in mind I am inquiring about spices not salt, for example. I look forward to hearing the replies!
I have edited the question so herbs are not specifically ruled out but what my guests and I were discussing were spices.
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cloves, Chili Powder, Curry Powder; and pretty much in that order.
Okay, separate list for herbs: Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Tarragon, in no particular order.
I couldn't possibly winnow these 11 down to six.
I'm glad you clarified that "spices" didn't include herbs and salt.
Cardamom (not essential except for the fact that I love it)
And one good curry blend
I was going to say cayenne, except then I realized I could get along without cayenne or red pepper flakes if I had hot sauce.