This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is “Spooky Spices.” The idea is to tackle a spice that has been haunting (or intimidating) you. For me, the choice was immediately obvious: Five Spice Powder.
I don’t know what it is about this spice mix, but it’s always intimidated me. It just smells so...unfamiliar. So this month I decided to tackle this spice blend. The Flavor Bible managed to fail me completely (it lists chicken, pork, duck, and stir fries as good flavor pairings) and my initial google searches for recipes turned up chicken or noodle/stir fry dishes. While I’m always game for a good stir fry, I’m also currently living on a student’s budget (refer back to my last post on my tiny room for details), so I decided not to go all out on some big or elaborate recipe. Finally, I stumbled across a simple, beautiful, easy, and best of all, cheap recipe for sweet potatoes with five spice powder. Perfect.
Turns out this dish is fantastic! The lime juice adds a little tang and the five spice powder helps bring out the sweet earthiness of the sweet potatoes. It’s also ridiculously easy to make. I made this in just over half an hour, in my toaster oven. Easy to make, easy to clean up, and definitely easy to eat! Turns out this spice isn’t so spooky after all
What spice scares you?