Every now and then it’s time to go through the Spice Cabinet. Old spices just don’t have a good flavor, so they have to be tossed. Sometimes we buy something that only gets minimal use (admit it, you have a box of Mace in the back of the cabinet, and you have no idea where it came from or what it does). Face it, I reach for Cinnamon almost daily, but Cardamom? That’s one of those…. just a few times a year… flavors.
So…. in my Spice Cabinet (behind the Turmeric) was a fairly full bottle of Cardamom.
Cardamom… What is Cardamom…
Cardamom is an aromatic spice that is used in the Middle East, North Africa and Scandinavia. If you buy Cardamom in a pod, you have to take the shell off, and grind the seeds. You can easily buy cardamom in ground form in your supermarket, and while it might be less flavorful, it is still quite good… and is much easier to use.
(That’s great for Trivial Pursuit, but what do you DO with the Cardamom… )
Opened the bottle, and gave it a sniff… mmmm… the smell reminds me of flowers and citrus, and someplace exotic that I haven’t been yet, but really want to go (I’ll know it when I get there….)
Bit of digging through the files (got to clean those too….) and I found a recipe, played with it (no, I can’t just make something from the recipe.. must fiddle with it first).
Cardamom Walnut Coffee Cake has a fabulous flavor… it’s familiar, yet exotic… and the nuts give it a little something extra.
My little jar of cardamom? it gets to stay now… sadly, I’ve almost used it all up.
Cardamom Bundt Cake Recipe
Step By Step Photos – Cardamom Bundt Cake Recipe