Sure, it might be 90 again a week from now, but TODAY?? Today is a beautiful Autumn day in Southern California.
What are your favorite Fall activities? Mine are cooking with seasonal produce, going to Haunted Houses, and watching scary movies. Thanksgiving’s all well and good, but Halloween is my jam. I went to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights at the end of September and am planning to go again when my sis comes to visit at the end of the month. Checked out Knott’s Scary Farm last year, but this year I have a Year Pass for Universal so I get discounted HHN tix. I’m being fiscally responsible 😉
So back to cooking! I love making simple things with tons of health benefits and natural flavors. Roasting a squash with a little coconut oil and curry seasoning, pan-searing pears and sprinkling with cinnamon, throwing together an autumn lentil stew, or whatever inspires me at the market. But it’s all about SPICES!
My most used spices are cumin, ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, and smoked paprika (plus himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper, but those aren’t very exciting). I have been trying to use more turmeric because of its awesome health benefits as well. Turmeric studies have focused on its anti-inflammatory benefits, decreased cancer risk, and support of detoxification, potential for improving cognitive function, blood sugar balance, and kidney function, as well as lessening the degree of severity associated with certain forms of arthritis and certain digestive disorders. Talk about a powerful little spice!
My most-used list is not too shabby in the benefit department either. Cumin has a sort of nutty-peppery flavor and is an excellent source of iron, spicy ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory, fiery cayenne can help reduce cholesterol, sweet and warm cinnamon helps the body’s ability to utilize blood sugar (and its scent boosts brain activity!), and woodsy smoked paprika’s vitamin A content aids in night vision and plays a role in healthy cell development.
Are you maximizing your dishes with mighty spices?
Well I’m gonna head outside and enjoy this mild weather before it leaves me! I’ll sign off with a random Halloween fact:
The original 1978 movie Halloween had such a small budget that they used the cheapest mask they could find for their killer, Michael. It was a William Shatner Star Trek mask!