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    Interesting food addition: pomegranate molasses.

    We have some pomegranate molasses, which we picked up for some middle eastern recipes. The stuff is powerful.

    But a touch in some glazed carrots really changes things up. A bit in a BBQ sauce for chicken, or teriyaki sauce, changes things up. Works well with lamb especially. It's really easy to use too much, but a tiny bit has made things we have often just that bit different so they seem new.

    Also, za'atar (or zatar). Za'atar makes everything better it seems, with just a sprinkle over the top at the end.

    Anyone here have some ingredients they use that might not be all that common (around you) but that are worth giving a shot?
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    We bought some straight up turmeric that adds a nice little zest to anything we put it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    We bought some straight up turmeric that adds a nice little zest to anything we put it on.
    I never use that, except in curries. Might give it a try in some things.

    My wife uses it when making paper flowers though, so I might want some that has not had a brush dipped in it over and over.
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    We do curries fairly often so we have a whole cupboard filled with off-the-wall spices. Galangal is pretty interesting, sort of a cross between ginger and horseradish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    We do curries fairly often so we have a whole cupboard filled with off-the-wall spices. Galangal is pretty interesting, sort of a cross between ginger and horseradish.
    We take access to spices and salt for granted, but when you pause and imagine your palate without such, you can see where wanting humans would fight wars for such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akirasho View Post
    We take access to spices and salt for granted, but when you pause and imagine your palate without such, you can see where wanting humans would fight wars for such.
    For sure. In places, the ability to serve spicy food was a status symbol as only the rich could afford spices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    We have some pomegranate molasses, which we picked up for some middle eastern recipes. The stuff is powerful.

    But a touch in some glazed carrots really changes things up. A bit in a BBQ sauce for chicken, or teriyaki sauce, changes things up. Works well with lamb especially. It's really easy to use too much, but a tiny bit has made things we have often just that bit different so they seem new.

    Also, za'atar (or zatar). Za'atar makes everything better it seems, with just a sprinkle over the top at the end.

    Anyone here have some ingredients they use that might not be all that common (around you) but that are worth giving a shot?

    That pomegranite molasses works really well in salad dressings as well, and over ice creams and pound cakes.

    And, while not halal, it mixes quite well with club soda and vodka.

    As for odd ingredients, been playing with kala namak, aka "Indian/Himalayan black salt--it's an acquired taste, and I'm not sure I've acquired it.
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    You'd a thought I farted in church to see the faces of stockers at a local Wal Mart trying to figure out what pomegranate molasses was... where it was... and that they didn't have any.

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