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Cardamom ~ an aromatic affinity with Arabic coffee


Cardamom is a middle eastern spice I use most days in some way when cooking. My childhood memories are of spices commonly used by Mum in her cooking such as almonds, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in baked goodies, nutmeg grated over the slow-cooked rice pudding and thick vanilla custard. My late mother’s date scone recipe now includes cardamom and orange zest. Aromatic middle eastern spices are a later-on-in-life addition to my pantry.

In the time we lived in Al Ain in U.A.E., we strolled through the souqs inhaling the aromas, learning the names of the spices and herbs unfamiliar to us, chatting with people about food. The Arabic women I worked with generously shared their ways of cooking different ingredients. Arabic hospitality and celebration goes hand-in-hand with fabulous food, coffee and dates. Dates – now that’s a story in itself. The Arabic uses of a variety of dates and their stories about dates is so interesting. Dried dates are used in Mum’s scones.  Next time, maybe I could use fresh dates. That’s something to think about.

Back to the cardamom.  It is fair to say we became ‘addicted’ to cardamom with Arabic coffee. Recently, when I came across a recipe from the Hijaz region in Saudi Arabia in a blog by Chef in Disguise for Hijazi Almond Coffee, an almond milk white coffee topped with a spice such as cardamom, I thought, coffee drinkers everywhere, take note.

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

4 thoughts on “Cardamom ~ an aromatic affinity with Arabic coffee

  1. Our household runs on coffee and I am definitely going to try this added spice!

  2. I really love cardamom too and use it in so many recipes. I do love the flavor notes it adds
    Thank you for the shout out, I deeply appreciate it

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