When you have an allotment it seems that everything starts producing at once making it easy to get overwhelmed. However this immense movement usually starts from the middle of July. It is nice therefore to have something to collect from the middle to end of […]
Month: June 2016
St Albans, Hertfordshire does love a good street fair, farmers’ market, french market or Christmas market so it was no surprise to find the St Albans Street Festival was so popular. The whole town centre was taken over by street food stalls, children’s activities and […]
Last year I attended the 2nd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival and had a really fantastic time. Before I went someone told me that a trip to Grenada would be life changing experience – little did I know how right they were. Whilst we were there […]
Most people like ice cream but I LOVE it!! I especially love it homemade or made by small producers – there seems to be so much more depth and flavour to the finished product. After dinner on our first night in Grenada I ordered the three scoops […]
Cinnamon is one of my favourite ingredients and pretty much enhances any recipe you add it to. Try to imagine apple pie without cinnamon. That is almost like thinking of serving rice pudding without nutmeg another of my top favourite ingredients.
Both cinnamon and nutmeg grow wild and abundantly on the West Indian island of Grenada which is also known as The Spice Island.
In the capital city of St Georges almost every street corner has some one trying to sell you their spices or fresh fruits from their little patch of land.
One of the treats both visual and olfactory (smell) is the spice market in the middle of the square in St Georges. Flanked on all sides by shops, banks, little cafes you escape the heat for a short while and walk around the market.
Every stall you linger at the owner will offer to help you and tell you all about the interesting array of spices, jams, syrups etc that they have. I try to buy from three or four stalls to be fair,
One stall owner I found at the entrance of the market was Betty.
Betty was patiently grating whole nutmegs into a bowl which she would then put into little plastic bags to sell on her stall which was full of all sorts of local spices and herbs.
Betty was really happy to chat to us never stopping her mammoth task of grating. The smell of fresh nutmeg was intoxicating.
I brought back nutmeg, cinnamon curls as well as ground ginger, turmeric and more.
If you would like your own little bit of spice heaven then fill in the Rafflecopter form below and I will giveaway a package that I brought back of nutmeg and cinnamon and a little grater too.
I know you will love having these fresh spices in your kitchen as much as I do!