Kitchen Alchemy

I always wanted to be an alchemist when I was a kid. I read stories about how they would create tinctures and compounds to induce profound chemical changes and I just thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Then I grew older and discovered that no, you really can’t cause base metals to turn in to gold by exposing them to other compounds; you’d have to be doing some kind of hardcore nuclear chemistry to pull that off. And so my enchantment with alchemy waned.

And then I discovered cooking and whoah baby, did that bring it all rushing back.

I can’t turn lead in to gold, but I can turn a mixture of plant products into something that makes your mouth really, really happy.

Here are a couple of the first steps.

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7 Responses to “Kitchen Alchemy”

  1. blogless grace Says:

    My husband would be loving it–hand ground chilies! Fantastic start to something great!

  2. Kath Says:

    Whoa – I have wimpy white girl taste buds. That looks a little scary to me!

  3. Suzy Says:

    Mmmm….I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  4. minnie Says:

    i was thinking garam masala, lol. my mind runs to indian, rather than mexican. i have to remember you’re int exas, lol.

  5. Enjay Says:

    Were I one to say such things I’d have to remark that your mortar and pestle set is the awesomesauce. Do you have any info on it?

  6. admin Says:

    Hey Enjay – the mortal and pestle set is from Progressive. Bed, Bath & Beyond sells them. I got mine at Central Market.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=16794481

    It is the awesomesauce used to make the awesome sauce.

  7. Hilary Says:

    Hello! Been trying to get hold of you (via uzziel address) to invite you to our housewarming this Sat! Please email me if you’re available and I’ll give you more info! It would be FANTASTIC to see you.