International Women's Day. Indefinitely.
#InternationalWomensDay #IWD #Women #Men #Elderly #Children #Adolescent #human
|Picture by photographer & friend Ilian Iliev|
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Did Mother Teresa wake up every morning thinking: "Oh I can't believe how inspiring I am!" every day as she checked herself out in the mirror?!!Why don't we really look for inspiration? Why not see the inspiring strengths and their beauty without polluting those with our egos? What really matters here is that we are looking, and looking for inspiration, for betterment, for reason, and ultimately for the human. A human sends love, hope, strength, light, understanding, tolerance, and oneness! Never does a human send hate, evil, darkness and the end of all things human regardless under what name, what pretense, what power trip, what ignorance...!
|One inspiring woman I learnt about yesterday and found her inner strength tremendous and absolutely inspiring, Nidaa Badwan. Picture courtesy of The New York Times, find the full article on this link|
I will not be telling you about nutritional value or the infinite health benefits of almonds, the internet is full of such content. I will however, be telling you about flavours and memories, which are my absolute favourite things and are my ingredients for #FoodForSoul
With that said and as you will read in the description below, I am also showing you how you can adapt this recipe to your preferred flavours and even type of nuts.
* Smoked Spices there is a special mix called "Smoked Spices" that you can buy from spice markets and specialty stores that gives the exact flavour of spiced nuts you buy from vendors. However if you are unable to find this mix you can simply smoke your spices at home. A very easy way to do this is to place them in a foil bowl in a smoker with lit smoking chips (of course in a very well ventilated area) and smoke them until the chips burn out and the smoke fades. Another one is to use a smoking gun and place them under a smoking cloche and smoke them that way.
For those of you who emailed me regarding posts and recipes please see my note below :-)
you must get in the habit of attentive tasting and smelling of your food while cooking as well as eating. There is no two ways about it: Season, taste then adjust. Add aromatics, taste and adjust.Also note that tasting the food after each addition will, overtime, make you an expert in creative flavour combinations. Because that exercise will show you how the flavour changes after any addition, as well as how different ingredients taste when combined.
Smell your food, smell the ingredients and smell the combinations, then taste. This is how you teach your palate the art of tasting. This is your only guaranteed path to flavour success.
Be aware of the food you eat. Notice the overall flavour palate and try to figure out which flavours are present. Is the food spiced (not necessarily hot)? If it is, then try to figure out which spices have been used. Are there hints of lemon or vinegar - sour? Is there sugar, honey or hints of cinnamon - sweet? Can you spot olives or zest – bitter? How about the seasoning – salt? Is the food well seasoned, over seasoned or under seasoned? You will find that the more conscious you are about the food you eat, the more expert your palate becomes.
Keep in mind, that while we all cook somewhat similar recipes, the outcome always varies from one cook to another, as when we cook for others, we are sharing our vision and take on the recipe. Therefore, don’t be overly anxious about changing the recipe and adding your own touch and flavour to the dish. After all, it is your vision and you are generously sharing it with others through the food you cook and serve.