30 November 2010

Christmas Spices



What would Christmas be without its food and spices.
The list of traditional aromatic Christmas spices is quite long.
In the photograph I have also included apple and orange rind for a bit of colour.
Most of these ingredients are used in baking and drinks at Christmas.

At other times of the year all over the world you will find recipes that includes warming spices. 
At Christmas these spices are included in drinks like mulled wine and cider.

The mincemeat inside mince pies usually includes nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
Ginger bread or biscuits often has ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
A lot of Christmas puddings recipes has cinnamon and nutmeg.

In Sweden the traditional 'lussekatter' or saffron bun includes saffron, cinnamon or nutmeg.

Cloves are also often used on a baked ham. Towards the end of the roasting  after you have removed the skin. You score the fat and stud the surface with whole cloves. 

  

20 comments:

lisa said...

As with the nuts, I absolutely love this composition, and the wonderful simplicity of it. So nicely done!

dona said...

I never heard of saffron buns before, thanks for sharing!
Btw: gorgeous pictures, as usual ;)

The Summer Porch said...

Ingrid~
Once again, another magical picture. What an amazing collection you styled here. Incredible! I love your photography, like I said before each you picture you take has it's own story.
Rosemary... X

Frances said...

Ingrid, I will be beginning my Christmas baking soon, and have already got some of the spices on hand. I also have a collection of cookie cutters in various shapes all ready to go.

Might have to get ahold of some cloves and oranges to make some pomanders. Once the oranges are properly studded with the cloves, they will get dusted with cinnamon. What a delightful scent as they season.

Also have started some fledgling paperwhite bulbs.

I do love this season!

Jess said...

I really like this photo, it makes me feel like x-mas.

withoutadornment said...

You really take such beautiful photos! It's always really interesting to see what spices look like when they are not ground up.

Randi said...

Vilka vackra arrangemang! Så vackert med alla julens ingredienser presenterade på ditt vis. Tack för alla fina tips.
Stor varm kram
Randi

Fru C said...

Ett konstverk av 'små ting' helt i julens anda ;)

agnicy said...

Have a nice month!!!Kisses -Ag

colores said...

Such a cute picture! This would do for an adventscalender for sure!!! I can´t wait preparing my Chrsitmas cakes.....

Edith Hope said...

Dear Ingrid, What an imaginative and so, so pretty combination of all things Christmassy. The touches of red ribbon are perfect and serve to make it look gift wrapped!!

Zuzu said...

Oooo, I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the Christmas goodies to come. :)
Lovely photos, Ingrid!
Wishing you a day filled with joy,
Zuzu

Madelief said...

Hi Ingrid,

I love cooking with herbs and spices! In the summer I use fresh herbs from my garden and in the winter I buy them at the market. You made a lovely photo of it! Have you made your first Christmas pudding yet?

Lieve groet & happy evening!

Madelief

NinaH said...

Verkligen mysig jul- "samling"!! Både vacker att se på homu
och jag.... Känner doften!!!;-) Jul!

Charlotte said...

Åh så härligt fint du gjort med julens kryddor och dofter...

Kram Charlotte

Elephant's Eye said...

How different it looks from the second angle where you can enjoy the surface texture of the cloth.

Camillas Foto said...

Nu är det dags att plocka fram bakredskap och kryddor för julen närmar sig.
Ha en skön helg
Kram

Britt said...

Så juligt//Britt

silverpebble said...

Your images of your Christmas spices and supplies are so beautiful. I'm going back for another look. I wonder if you're on Flickr?

Georgianna said...

These photos are so beautiful, Ingrid. Works of art in themselves. I hope you are well and enjoying holiday preparations! Have a lovely weekend! xo – g