seasoning

Ritta’s dressing

Organic salad with avocado

This recipe has been kindly passed on to me from a friend of Ritta, a Finnish lady who lives in Pori. She called it Sinikka, to honour the name of her friend who firstly thought her this. So, I found it natural to honour Ritta’s name now.

The list of ingredients is quite long, though you will be rewarded with a zesty, garlicky, aromatic taste for all your salads, fishes, and oven roasted cut of meat. Enjoy.

Ingredients (for 1 bottle of dressing):
1 egg yolk
2,5 dl seed/unflavoured oil (sunflower, rapeseed, and so on. NOT olive oil)
1 dl red wine vinegar
1.4 dl white vinegar
¼ dl BBQ sauce (HP or other)
1 ½ sp. soy sauce
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 ½ sp. garlic powder
1 sp. white pepper
½ tsp. of iodized salt
1 dl sugar
1 sp. mustard

Preparation:
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them all together. The sauce will have a runny consistency and a slightly orange/brownish colour. Bottle it and store it in the fridge. Use it wisely on top of your portion, being the taste of it quite strong.

In case you want to keep it for longer than a couple of days, consider removing the egg yolk and reducing the amount of white vinegar to just a splash.

 

Thanks Geoff Peters for the pic 🙂

How to prepare your own taco seasoning

I love tacos! and tortillas too!! and guacamole as well!!! but now I’m wandering about. This is (the first?) how-to post I write, it will be tweaked again I hope, according to the feedbacks.

Being about spices, the main issue is that, in many languages, spices got different names, different translations and in all the case, different tastes too, which could vanish the overall experience. The pictures of the spices I’ve used are as close as possible to what I’ve actually used in reality.

This list is not exhaustive nor fixed, feel free to customize it to your will and put the modification in the comment, it would be great!

 

Ingredients (for 250 gr of beef or any other substitute):

1,5 teaspoon (ts) of paprika powder mild paprika

1 ts oregano
ToastingOregano

1/2 ts grinded cayenne pepper
Cayenne Pepper

1 ts cumin seed
Cumin

1/2 ts of iodized salt (stormtrooper not included :P)
A-salt-ed!

1 ts of wheat flour
Pain au Levain - Sifting whole wheat flour

1/2 ts of dark cocoa powder
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(to recap)
1 and a half teaspoons (ts) of paprika powder mild
1 ts oregano
1/2 ts grinded cayenne pepper
1 ts cumin seed
1/2 ts of iodized salt
1 ts of wheat flour
1/2 ts of dark cocoa powder

 

Preparation:

This is the easiest part.
In a small bowl, put all the ingredients together and stir it. Make sure it’s not in contact with water in any possible way. Being all dry ingredients, you can even store it to use it another time.
Variation in the amount of cocoa may have the greater influence on the final taste, so try not to exaggerate with it.
This mix is excellent to be used in other recipes as the main seasoning or a tasty add-on!

Buon appetito.

 

 

P. S.: There are several ways of doing this starting from the whole spices instead of having them already grinded. What is changes is the final taste of it, stronger in the case of self-grinded spices.
Thanks to: Delphine, Amy,  You, Gustavo, JD, Rebecca and Jayca for the beautiful pictures!!!