Spices, racks, bottles, oh my!



I begin. Indian cooking. I am going about it methodically rather than my usual willy-nilly approach to new ideas.

The little slideshow above shows my new spice racks and spice jars and my newly reorganized spice/herb cabinet beside the stove.

Yesterday, thanks to my dear friend Mary (Hi Mare!!!), we went shopping. We tried to go to that West India shop I told you about recently, but it was not even there anymore. Remnants of it were there, like the actual building and the sign but the guts of it were gone. Mary inquired of some local vendors nearby and was told that the building was being renovated, that it belongs to the National Park system, and that maybe they’d be back in the summertime but not sure.

So we had to move to plan B. Find another store that sells the Indian spices that I will need to make the recipes. Mary thought of Whole Foods right away, and there is one not far from Crow Cottage, so back through Salem she drove and up to our end of the city and into Whole Foods we went.

You probably know I don’t do shopping anymore since I can’t walk well at all. It was an experience, to put it mildly. Ouch. Very ouch! It’s a huge store and we walked up and down most of the aisles (found the Indian section and it was superb), all the way to the end where they have all the gourmet type things like breads and tea and cheeses. Oh my. The cheeses they have. We sampled a couple. Yum. Major yum. By that point I could hardly stand up anymore and the pain was seering through most parts of my body. We checked out our items and loaded everything into the car and drove over to Panera Bread for lunch. I’d never eaten there before and it was good. I had Thai salad with chicken and Mary had smoked turkey half-sandwich and a salad.

Got home finally and OMG, everything hurt so much. Then my new stuff started arriving by delivery trucks and I spent the afternoon getting that organized. My spice bottles all arrived (48 of them and not ONE was broken!!) and my spice racks and my new spice grinder, too. (I should mention that UPS came yesterday and picked up the broken baking stone and took it back to Amazon, and I got the automated e-mail from them saying they were refunding the whole amount – whew!).

I have all the Indian spices set aside in a big plastIC container and will fill the bottles at another time. I’ve just spenT this morning putting up the spice racks and reorganizing my spice/herb cupboard so I am totally wiped out physically for the day. I need a rest.

More on this adventure later. I can’t wait to cook my first Indian dish. Soon.

And again, big thanks to Mary for all your help! You are my new personal angel I think!



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“Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.”

[Indian Proverb]

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6 Responses to Spices, racks, bottles, oh my!

  1. mz. em says:

    What a lovely kitchen you have. I adore your new spice racks. I need to get a lazy Susan for my cabinet. I can hardly wait for the Indian recipe.


  2. Joan says:

    Have fun cooking! Can you send my husband a meal or two? I hate to cook! šŸ™‚


  3. sandy from iowa says:

    Your spice racks look very nice over stove…soon you will be a old hand at indian cooking.


  4. Bex says:

    I took 3 Advil, as usual, before I went shopping but they really do nothing for my pain. I take either Advil or Aleve but they both don’t do much, however, I do notice that if I don’t take anything, oh it’s much much worse. So maybe they do something after all. But not much.


  5. TopsyTurvy says:

    One thing I’ve learned about walking – especially on one of those achey days – always take 3 ibuprofen BEFORE leaving.

    I’ll be doing that myself tomorrow, when we’ll be walking from about noon to 5PM at the Flower Show tomorrow.


  6. Rhubarb says:

    What an array of wonderful things! They just call out for creative cooking attempts and I expect we will be hearing from you soon about them. Cheers!


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