Sunday, January 08, 2006

Late Saturday Night

Possibly as an antidote to the above photo, which I'm told is a little on the grim side, I'm listening to "Smile" by Nat King Cole. I remember it from many juke boxes in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

I saw an article that made reference to "Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Five-Spice Butter." Does anybody have any idea what 5 Spice butter might be?

At the moment I'm eating more pasta with seafood. I only wish I had (you guessed it) more.


Liam & Arnie said...

Here you go Kev ...

How To Make Five-Spice Powder
From Rhonda Parkinson,
Your Guide to Chinese Cuisine.
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Five-spice powder encompasses all five flavors - sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty. This recipe is reprinted with permission from Raphael Meyer, American Kashrus Services.
Difficulty: N/A

Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:
1. In a dry skillet, roast 2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns by shaking the pan over low to medium heat until the aroma of the peppercorns is released (about three minutes).

2. Grind the roasted peppercorns and 8 star anise in a blender or pepper mill.

3. Strain the blended seasonings.

4. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds.

5. Grind the seasonings until very fine.

You can also buy it already made up.

amadea's world said...

Perhaps 5-spice butter is butter mixed with these spices :-)

star anise
Szechuan pepper

5-spice mixture is used in vietnam and china for chicken-, duck- and meatdishes.
Sometimes they add cardamon and ginger.

Probably 5-spice butter is butter mixed with these spices