Last night I wrapped up warm on the couch and popped a dvd in with some mysterious title written in Greek. Its cover pictured an older man with a warm smile in an old fashioned shop. My expectations Last night I wrapped up warm on the couch and popped a dvd in with some mysterious title written in Greek. Its cover pictured an older man with a warm smile in an old fashioned shop. My expectations were not high, but I was pleasantly surprised. The film, A Touch of Spice, was about the relationship between the grandfather and his grandson, and the many, many life lessons the grandfather taught through the use of spices. He used the smell and purpose of different spices to construct a picture of the solar system for his grandson’s astronomy lessons. For geography lessons the grandfather dipped postcards picturing countries into the spice which the country is known for. But more interesting is the advice the grandfather passed along to his customers. For a woman planning to serve meatballs at a dinner where a special man will be present, the grandfather advises to mix cinnamon in. Cinnamon? She asks. Yes, he says, Cinnamon. He explains that if she used cumin as she has planned, it is a strong spice and makes us turn inwards. But if she were to use cinnamon, it is unexpected, it will make people look up and take notice.
The grandfather sprinkles dozens of lessons throughout the movie that are brilliant and breathtaking. I’ve thought of the movie all day, about spices. How they have influenced our lives, the many wars fought over spices. But I’m hung up on the cinnamon in the meatballs. For a culture so focused on using scent in the form of a perfume as an aphrodisiac, I’ve lost sight of the many other ways to incorporate smell, like in cooking for instance. I’ve known of the regular foods that act as an aphrodisiac, like oysters or strawberries. Strawberries got lumped into this category because they are the only fruit that bear their seeds on the outside. Their seeds shown so scandalously and openly symbolized fertility, and through time evolved into this scrumptiously seductive treat. But cinnamon in meatballs? I will have to try it for myself.
Don’t forget to try the new spice blend developed in Italy by celebrity chef-Maria Liberati-
Sapori D’Italia. The spice blend is all natural and does not include any fillers so the flavors are very intense. Each 4 ounce bag comes packed in vacuum sealed packaging to seal in the flavors and and are perfect for Bruschetta, Tuscan Roasted Potatoes.Each bag includes a Technorati Tags : spices, Cinnamon.mini recipe booklet. You can find Sapori D’Italia by Maria Liberati’s The Basic Art of Italian Cooking (tm) at http://www.marialiberati.com/knives/spices.php or under the featured products at http://www.marialiberati.com
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