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emilyj



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Gingerpale- that's what I thought of when I heard what they were called too!

Nigella seeds are also known as black cumin seeds- kind of difficult to describe- nutty?? - ok maybe not. I use them in lots of things - I've even put them in salad (Jill Dupleix's idea) before.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, black cumin turns out to be pretty interesting:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Black cumin can refer to the seeds of either of two quite different plants, both of which are used as spices:

Bunium persicum, similar to caraway in shape
Nigella sativa, also called kalonji or nigella
Nigella sativa is the more common one in the west.

This Biblical herb, popular in breads and cakes, is used medicinally to purge the body of worms and parasites. An Arab proverb calls it "the medicine for every disease except death." These seeds taste hot to the tongue and are sometimes mixed with peppercorns in Europe." Black cumin oil contains nigellone, which protects guinea pigs from histamine-induced bronchial spasms {perhaps explaining its use to relieve the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and coughs}. The presence of an anti-tumor sterol, beta sitosterol, lends credence to its use in folklore to treat abscesses and tumors of the abdomen, eyes, and liver."

It is NOT related to the familiar cumin I use in Mexican dishes!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How's this for 2 degrees of separation ....

Kalonji seeds, aka nigella, are often used on Naan Bread
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. I've never had a seeded naan (I've never had a lot of things) but I have had seeded papapdams. Those seeds are similar to the niger seeds I buy for goldfinches — tiny, black, hard seeds; a tiny bit bitter. I wonder if we just shorten the name a bit here.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judy--don't you love how things connect? (And of course, *everything* connects--we just don't see it !)

Just to clarify/confuse-- --Nigel, the man's name, is from Gaelic, meaning "champion". Nigella is of course the feminine version.

There is also a Latin word meaning "black"-- that is probably how the seeds got their name. I wonder if Nigella (the celeb) was named for a man or a spice?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nigella's dad's name was Nigel. So you can possibly make some conclusion from that piece of info.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this out: http://food-forthought.blogspot.com/2006/06/mistress-of-spices-finally.html

I was looking for an alternate source for the kalonji seeds that nima recommended for baingan bhartha that I was not able to get locally and, low and behold! this diverse circle closes!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trust the wondrous Rainey to bring us full circle!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:54 pm    Post subject: My favourite cooking magazines Reply with quote

My two favourites are "Cuisine" from New Zealand in first place and "Delicious" from Australia in second place.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome to C&Z bonniebunter...love the name!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saveur is great as is Food and Wine and I pick them up occasionally. My favorites are Vegetarian Times (I'm not one, but I eat that way most days), and Edible East End, but you'd probably want the Edible devoted to whatever area you're from.

Nigella seeds are lovely on piping hot naan slathered in ghee..... Boy, I sure wish the only good Indian resto near me hadn't closed..... vindaloo....I love you....in fact I wrote a song about it....a bad song, but a song.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok Erin Darlin'...am quite sure I speak on behalf of us all....

lyrics to said song svp!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Thank you Reply with quote

Thank you for the welcome madameshawshank, the name is the that of my catering company here in Perth. Combination of of my family name and my nickname. I am happy to be in the company of fellow food lovers !

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