It’s been a long time since I completely started over with my spice rack. I ditched my spices when I moved to Iowa, but already had a spice rack of sorts waiting for me when I got there, so I didn’t have the delicious opportunity to start from scratch.
I like to use moves as the opportunity to clear the shelves and begin againI try to be good about turning over spices, but the fact is that I am not as diligent about it as I think I am. Case in point: in the car from Iowa to California, I packed a container of dried lavender flowers harvested from my plant, absolutely certain that it was a worthy thing to bring along. I think these buds were from last summer, but I’ll admit that it’s entirely possible these were harvested the year before and I just completely forgot. When I got to my Oakland apartment and opened the container, I was dismayed to discover that, in fact, the flower buds were completely musty and gross. There wasn’t anything close to a lavender scent anywhere near there.
Does everyone start losing their mind in their early 30s? Or is it just me?
Anyway, this move was no exception. I didn’t throw any of the spices outin fact, there’s more to the story of how I disposed of them, but you’re going to have to stay in suspense for the time beingbut I did dispatch them to an alternate location rather than bringing them with me to California.
This has led me to the particularly delicious dilemma in which I find myself. It’s time to restock, and since I arrived in the Bay Area, I’ve bought nothing other than some sea salt and some peppercorns. (After all, a girl can get far on sea salt and peppercorns.) I did bring out one sealed can of smoked paprika that I bought at the frou-frou cooking store in Iowa City a month ago.
That’s all I have in my current incarnation of my spice cabinet. And so, readers of mine, I ask this question: given this opportunity, what would you consider your three must-haves (besides salt and pepper and smoked paprika) from the world of spices? And, if you’re a Bay Area insider, I’m taking suggestions, as well, about where to go purchase the good stuff, preferably a place with BART access, because I just put 2500 miles on my car and it deserves a bit of a rest.
Throw out your ideas, folks. I’m looking forward to spicing it up, and while I have plenty of my own thoughts on the matter, I’m open to a communal adventure, and happy to report back on how I used what I purchased.