Jewels as a lady of leisure

Sundays are made for lounging about and perusing the web. Sometimes there are finds that I just can not possibly keep to myself. It may be a photograph, a recipe, point of view, some goodie I lust after, … today it is the new flavor du jour, Japanese seven spice (Shichimi Togarashi), a spicy pepper seasoning that is one of the most popular table condiments in Japan. It also appears to be exploding onto western tables with lightening rapidity.


Photo courtesy of The Perfect Pantry

I’ll be honest, the first I heard of it was this week when our giveaway/contest winner used it in his recipe. As usual I’ve been endlessly seduced by Tastespotting this week, and ran across several other recipes containing this unusual ingredient in the space of a few hours. So, I dragged a rather groggy Tatjana to the restaurant supply store with me in search of said delicacy first thing yesterday morning. It was completely sold out, they can’t keep it in stock. It’s obviously a very hot item (pun intended). Here are some of the scintillating recipes I found around the web…

Chicken Yakatori

Recipe courtesy of The Perfect Pantry
Baked Zucchini with Spicy Wheat Germ Crumbs
Recipe and photo courtesy of Teczcape – An Escape to Food
Simple Fried Rice with Japanese Seven Spice
Recipe courtesy of Vegan Yum Yum
I’m looking forward to spicing up my repertoire with this exotic (and hard to obtain) ingredient. Watch this space for a few recipe ideas of my own once I’ve gotten a taste.
Jewels in search of Japanese seven spice
According to Wikipedia the ingredients include cayenne, Sichuan pepper, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, hemp seed, ground ginger, and nori, but I think I’ll order some online to taste what the balance should be, before using it the first time.
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