Think cinnamon round up and announcing the spice for January 2008…

by Sunita on January 1, 2008

A very happy new year to all my readers and welcome back to my world. I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday season and are now all geared up to start another era of blogging. As for me, I’m all set to start the next chapter of Think Spice. You have all been wonderful contributors and I hope you will continue to do so in the coming months as well. It’s been really nice to learn all the varied ways in which we use the same spice.

Without more ado, let me introduce the spice that is going to hold the centre stage for this month(January). Ladies and gentlemen, during this first month of the new year, I would like you to think of the pungent spice called garlic

the spice that I, for one, simply can’t do without. I have seen many people being averse to this spice, but I just adore it…whether it is a curry or soup or pasta, I make sure that this spice makes it’s presence felt. Now for a little bit of trivia,

  • Allium sativum L., commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. Its close relatives include the onion, the shallot, and the leek.
  • Garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.
  • A bulb of garlic, the most commonly used part of the plant, is divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves.The parchment-like skin is much like the skin of an onion, and is typically removed before using in raw or cooked form.
  • Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating as far back as the time that the Egyptian pyramids were built. Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cancer.
  • Animal studies, and some early investigational studies in humans, have suggested possible cardiovascular benefits of garlic
  • Garlic is also alleged to help regulate blood sugar levels.

From my own experience, garlic infused mustard oil is also very good to ward off colds. I remember my ma rubbing the oil on the soles of my feet and legs, the palms of my hands and arms and massaging on my back as well as a little near the nostrils (great for those clogged ones), before going to bed. When I became a ma, I too did and still do the same to my little ones, and it really does wonders.

I’ve also seen deuta (my father) chewing raw cloves of garlic at meal times when he was suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, as it was good for those conditions.

With so many benefits under it’s wing, I hope you will not hesitate to give this amazing spice a try, even if you’re not a fan. Believe me, once you start to discover the amazing flavours that it gives rise to, you will not be able to do without it. If you’re already on it’s side, great! If not, maybe you should give it a chance. So, during this month , when you think of any spice, think of garlic…in other words, Think Spice…think garlic. Please refer to the guidelines for participation here.

Now for the round up of Think Cinnamon. My mailbox has been overflowing with all those goodies that have been churned out during this holiday season, all with the warm cinnamony aroma. As usual, I have categorised them and hope that I have included every post…but in case of an error, please do not hesitate to drop me a mail.

Drinks…..

  1. Michelle…..Apple and cinnamon infusion
  2. Bharathy…..Mexican hot chocolate
  3. Foodfreak…..Peppermint cinnamon tea
  4. Daniela…..Cinnamon liquor
Side dishes (veg+non veg)…..
  1. Apu…..Rasedaar aloo gobi
  2. Vijaya…..Mutter paneer
  3. Siri…..Aloo palak
  4. Michael…..Apricot date stuffed chicken poached in a saffron cream sauce
Rice dishes…..
  1. Shella….Dalchini mutter pulao
  2. Nags…..Cinnamon flavoured tomato rice
  3. Nidhi…..Salmon biryani
  4. Kalva…..Peas pilaf with raisins and cinnamon
Cakes…..
  1. Rina…..Carribean fruit and nut cake
  2. Sailaja…..Fruit cake
  3. Danielle…..Coffee cake with crumble topping and brown sugar glaze
  4. Paru…..Eggless cinnamon fruit cake
  5. Sushma…..Cinnamon caramel cake
  6. Lissie…..Fruit cake
  7. Arfi…..Spekkoek
  8. Miri…..Christmas cake
  9. Bindiya…..Chocolate cinnamon cakes
  10. Mansi…..Persimmon and chocolate spiced cake
  11. Dhivya…..Eggless almond cake
  12. Renuka…..Cinnamon muffins
  13. Windy…..Easy apple cake
  14. Viji…..Pumpkin bread
  15. Jugalbandi…..Fruit and nut war cake
  16. Katherine…..Cinnamon muffins
  17. Raaga…..Banana muffins
Cookies…..
  1. Chris…..Cinnamon cookies
  2. Kuchenlatein….Cinnamon stars
  3. Cookie lady…..Cinnamon cresents
  4. Deeba…..Spicy cinnamon shortbread
  5. Margot…..Vanilla cinnamon cookies
Desserts….
  1. Happy cook…..Chocolate soup with cinnamon coated apples
  2. Aparna…..Cinnamon almond praline ice cream
  3. Rajitha…..Cinnamon doodh gola
  4. Rachel…..Chocolatey cinnamony nut crunchers
  5. Valli…..Bananas and cinnamon dessert
  6. Chemcookit…..Apples with wine and cinnamon and honey roasted walnuts
  7. Gretchen…..Manjar de garbanzo
  8. Anthony…..Brown sugar and cinnamon ice cream
  9. Gigi…..Cinnamon rice pudding
  10. Lemonpi…..Pecan macademia panforte
  11. Madhu…..Macaroni kheer
  12. Lakshmi…..Chocolate cinnamon pudding
  13. Dhivya…..Walnut strudel
Miscellaneous…..
  1. Laurie….Apple pancakes
  2. Asha….Spinach ricotta gnochhis
  3. Nidhi…..Quince jam
  4. Madhavi…..Cinnamon glazed almonds
  5. Meera…..Moghlai garam masala
  6. Manuella…..Cinnamon wafers
  7. Dhivya…..Dried fruits, apple and oats porridge
  8. Madhavi….Italian doughnuts
  9. Kaykat…..Middle eastern greens soup

That’s it for now…looking forward to your garlicky entries :-)

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{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sunita January 5, 2008 at 5:45 am

bee,
Thanks.. couldn’t have been possible without the support of wonderful friends like you :-)

Canary,
Thanks…I too am glad you dropped by :-)

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2 sunita January 5, 2008 at 5:47 am

Paru,
Thanks..and yes, aren’t all the entries gorgeous :-)

rachel,
Thanks and yes, who knew you could so much with cinnamon :-) …really glad that you liked my recipe…I’m sure you’ll come up with something nice :-)

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3 aparna January 6, 2008 at 5:13 am

I do not use garlic in my cooking. When some dish can just not do with it, I occasionally use readymade garlic paste! So I will wait for your next spice announcement.

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4 Kajal January 6, 2008 at 10:52 am

Great round up with lots of variety.:)

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5 Shella January 7, 2008 at 7:35 am

What an awesome roundup Sunita. Great job. I will really have to sit down with loads of time to go thru the excellent recipes. Will surely try n contribute for Garlic!!

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6 Passionate baker...& beyond January 8, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Hi Sunita…got late getting to the round-up. The page didnt load the last 2 times for some strange reason. What a FABULOUS array of goodies in cinnamon!! Lip-smacking good…am on my way for garlic. That’s right up my alley; my fave flavour!!

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7 Rina January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Lovely roundup Suni..Loads of receipes to try..We can never go out of them. Thanks so much for creating and hosting this spice event.. It is really spicy, girl.

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8 Katy January 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I know my garlic recipe!!!! Now I just have to find time this weekend to make it — I’m excited though!

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9 Miri January 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for putting this edition together, the entries are simply amazing!
Hoping to weigh in with garlic soon!

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10 Sweet and Savory Eats January 14, 2008 at 7:58 am

Variety, indeed! So many great recipes to try. Now … what to make with garlic?

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11 Coffee & Vanilla January 14, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Thank you for beautiful round up :)
I’m sending you something for garlic event just now :)

Margot

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12 renuka January 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Thanks for counting me in,what an array of dishes with the spice a wonderful round-up

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13 AnuSriram January 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Nice round up sunita, I don’t use cinnamon much.. so did not participate in that. Just now sent an entry for garlic. Hope u got it!

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14 Siri January 24, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Dear Sunita,

I am happy that ur blog is up and running.. as always..

Note: Just to let u know, I added all the ongoing food events here at one place and I added urs too!

http://www.events-n-roundups.blogspot.com

take care n cya

~ Siri

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