Introduction to about aromatic herbs, spices and other natural flavorings and condiments. Always natural cooking, using natural ingredients.
Herbs, spices, condiments & flavorings
You will find definitions of all herbs and spices used in the kitchens of international home cooks and easy recipes -with step by step procedures- showing how to use them. Wherever possible, pictures of herbs and spices have been included.
Aromatic and Healthy
Using aromatic herbs and spices not only means new interesting flavors, but also taking advantage of their many good qualities to prepare healthier meals.
Good for digestion - Herbs and spices are rich in essential oils and other phyto chemicals that facilitate digestion of food. Some of them prevent unpleasant fermentations.
"Kill" dangerous bacteria - Most herbs and spices have a strong antiseptic, disinfectant and anti bacterial action. Not only inside of our organism, but directly over food as well, as it is in the case of marinades. Spices help to preserve cooked food, a blessing in hot climates before refrigerators existed.
Less salt and fat - Thanks to the intense flavor herbs and spices impart, there is no need to add so much salt and you can use cooking techniques that require less fat, like broiling or baking food wrapped in foil or an oven bag.
A natural pharmacy - From the beginning, herbs and spices were used for their health-enhancing qualities, as much as for their flavor. Many herbs are attributed therapeutic properties and they can help to prevent several medical conditions.
Life giving nutrients - Although only small quantities of herbs and spices are used at a time -ranging from a pinch to a few tablespoons- they add useful vitamins, mainly A and C, minerals and other interesting phyto chemicals: essential oils, carotenoids, flavonoids and antocyanyns.