The Secret Ingredient

Spice has its own flavour and essence. They are always very important when taken as food or medicine. There are many spices we use for our cooking mainly cumin, black pepper, turmeric, and coriander seeds. Spices have several health benefits. Sometimes the spices are used as an antimicrobial property for infectious disease. Spices are used in food for their aroma and flavour. These spices are also taken to boil in water to extract their essence and used for drinking

Spices are also used for curing the ailments like fever, malaria, stomach aches, nausea, and many others. Spices are also used as natural food preservatives.


1.ANISE: it is used as an antispasmodic and antiseptic and for the treatment of cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Star anise is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A and C.

2. BLACK PEPPER- also known as the king of spices promotes weight loss, helps relieve cold and cough, improves digestion, boosts metabolism, and treats many skin problems.

3.BLACK CUMIN- Black cumin seed oil helps in preventing asthma, allergies, and respiratory issues. It contains antioxidants, beneficial acids, and b-vitamins that balance the immune system

4. CLOVE – They are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. Cloves are mainly used as an antiseptic and pain reliever, especially for toothaches and stomach pain.

5.CINNAMON- It is one of the main household spice of all times. It has a large number of antioxidants that protect the body from diseases.

6.CARDAMOM- Also known as elaich, one of the most expensive spice. It is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, calcium, iron, and zinc, helps in digestion, reduces oral related issues, helps in diabetes, helps to fight depression, treats skin infections.

7. FENUGREEK- It helps in digestion. And helps those suffering from eating disorders and also reduces inflammation.

8.MUSTARD- This seed comes from the ground and has a spicy flavour. Including mustard oil in your diet proves to be beneficial to your heart health.

9.STAR ANISE- It is rich in fibre and may help in preventing constipation. It’s packed with antioxidant properties, which has vitamin C.. Anise is frequently used as an exotic spice in Indian. Because of its strong, delightful fragrance, it is mostly used in biryanis

10.TURMERIC- This spice is well known for its antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for your brain, relieves arthritis, prevents cancer, and has healing properties.

11. PAPRIKA- It is packed with rich source of anti inflammatory agents, paprika helps lower blood pressure and promotes eye health.

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Save Your Bacon

Anyone who has cooked bacon has seen the incredible amount of fat that accumulates in the pan. Municipalities have become aware that this type of grease is wreaking havoc in their septic pipes and they will often encourage citizens to refrain from dumping grease down the drain. Perhaps you are keeping it in an old soup can to throw out in the trash. However there are a few ways of reusing the fats and rich flavours left over from bacon cooking to your advantage.

Let the pan cool to the point where you can touch it without being burned. Place a thick metal spoon or knife in a jar and pour the grease into a jar. The spoon will act as a heat sink and disperse the heat, preventing the cold jar from breaking if the fat is too hot. Remove the knife, cool, seal and store in the fridge for up to 6 months.

If you have dogs, try this trick for cleaning the pan. Place a cup or two of the dry food in the pan, add some hot water from the kettle and leave it soaking until the food absorbs all the liquid with the flavour attached. Store in a container in the fridge and add to your dog’s dish at mealtime in whatever amount you feel comfortable with. You’ll find this greatly helps with cleaning the grease and anything that was stuck on the pan.

For those with no dogs in the family, adding a couple tablespoons of hot water from the kettle to the pan and leaving for a few minutes loosens any matter left from cooking. Scrape the bottom with a spatula and then swab out the pan using a paper towel. You can either compost or place the scrapings and towels in the garbage bin.

So, just how can the reserved bacon fat be used? Simply replace half of the butter called for in any biscuit, cornbread or bannock recipe and relish in its richer taste. To add a little flavour and prevent sticking, melt a teaspoon or two in a pan (in place of oil) when you are cooking patties, sausage or stewing or stir-fry beef. Start off your next batch of bacon with – yes! – bacon grease… it prevents the cold slices from sticking to a dry, hot pan.