Things sometimes disappear in my kitchen. Right, I’m usually quick in blaming Oliver especially for food items miraculously vanishing but my kitchen gadgets & spice collection are starting to crowd my counter tops and I guess its in the nature of things that every so often I can’t find my stuff or forget about items that are buried somewhere.
When I recently was going through my Asian spice box – I have a regular one, a sweet one and one dedicated to Asian spices – my eyes fell on a little orange plastic bag. Ahhh, right, this was in the little Indian-spice-gift-box I had received for Christmas and not seen since. Taking a closer look I found a small label on its bottom, saying cardamom. How handy! The cardamom level in my sweet spices box almost had reached rock bottom. I opened up the bag and couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow or two, with a frown on my face. Its content did neither look like cardamom, nor did it smell like it. Certainly not like the cardamom I’m actually starting to become better friends with. And where was that stench of tar and medicine coming from? Yuck. And this smoky, earthy tone? ‘Gotta go Google.
I’m probably the last one to discover black cardamom pods, but after my first and surely last impression, I come to realize that I can easily do without it them. My nose is still terrified from our encounter, or do these rather pungent pods deserve a second chance? Any ideas, suggestions, experiences?