Cilantro & Coriander – spice talk

Sometimes it is a daunting task to find spices you have always used in cooking when living in another Country. For me personally, it includes many other ingredients too.  Although today, I wanted to share this little bit of information I never knew but quite possibly you already know this.

Earlier in the week, when having coffee with friends we got on the topic of Cilantro. It does not seem to be attainable here in Germany but I had heard that Coriander (Koriander in German) could be used as a substitute.I never questioned why but finally my curiosity got the best of me so I did some research into these spices.  The same thing? Different? Am I the only one who never knew?

Cilantro/Coriander leaves – Image from Wikipedia.org

It turns out it is the same herb. Depending on what region of the world you live in, the name varies. Not to add confusion but Chinese Parsley is also the same as Cilantro or Coriander. To me this spice has a wonderful refreshing aroma, like lime and mint.

I have only used Cilantro (Coriander) in the dried version for seasoning in Mexican cooking. I never realised how many uses there are across the world for this herb. In India, it is used to aid in digestion. In the Middle East, it is used to help with insomnia. Back to cooking though, It seems to be a herb that is trending lately.

I believe I may be venturing into learning more about cooking with and using Coriander as the seasons change into spring. Although, it does seem like a summer spice to me.  Not that spices have seasons, or do they?

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The winter blues & three positive things

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I’ll be honest.  I have had a bit lot of “writers block” lately.  Things happen, a cold, family stuff, changing of internet service.  I found it seemed like such a chore to photograph and make a mouth-watering recipe or even write something, that I chose not to blog.  I just didn’t know what to share! 😦  How sad.  It is frustrating though when I wanted to blog, my internet did not cooperate.  Happily, that issue is solved.

Anyways, it happens to many of us, I think.  So instead of not sharing, here I am.  I guess I could be suffering from the end of winter blues, but being a optomistic person, I refuse to get down.  No more stumbling either.  Those rocks won’t keep me from staying on the right path.

I realized that when things may look bleak for us, others have things so much worse.  I am so thankful for all I have.  My home.  Even though it is old and small, it is a solid roof over our heads and provides wonderful shelter.  Food to eat.  Even though I can’t buy a decent head of lettuce as it is out of season here.  We have plenty of other foods.  Clothing.  I sometimes complain, I have nothing to wear.  Some  items may be a bit out of style, but I have more than enough clothes to keep me warm.

Finding myself complaining over trivial things has really bothered me.   In fact, I have just began a “new” habit of journaling 3 things I am grateful for everyday.  Stopping focusing on the negative and switching it to the positive has really helped to change my outlook.  It has also brought me back here too. 😉

Soon winter will be over and we can enjoy the new beginning of spring.

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