Feb 28, 2009

Old Bay Seasoning

Spring is in the air! Having visions of lazy, sunny days in my small, Dutch back yard. Or in the park. Sounds of playing children, laughter and fun all around me. Loads of fresh fish and chicken right on top of a sizzling hot BBQ. That, and ice cold white wine. Behold the permanent ruination of my waistline!

A couple of years ago a friend sent me a big can of ‘Old Bay Seasoning’. I instantly became hooked! It’s been a staple in my home ever since. Since this spice mix can’t be bought in the Netherlands (is it a typically American item?), I’m doing my Dutch (and European?) buddies a favor by giving the ingredients for a faux old bay seasoning!

It’s not an exact one-on-one but, in my opinion, it comes pretty darn close. I really like what this spice mix does to fish and shrimp and it definitely spikes up your average beef stew, but that’s basically all I’ve been using it for.

So I’m wondering; what other dishes/recipes do you use Old Bay for?


6 bay leaves
2 tsp celery salt
2 tsp mustard powder
1 1/2 tsp white (or black) pepper
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sweet paprika
cayenne (pinch)
6 cloves


Sunny days also come with big lollipops. Well, my mini-man doesn’t need a sunny day to stuff his little face with candy, that’s for sure. It does make for fun photos, though! Sure, go ahead and laugh. You’re not the one who has to scrape that sticky stuff off those cheeks.

Normally I would have used my mortar and pestle for this. I love the thing. It makes me feel all witchy—the old lady living on top of the hill, who has been known to eat little children. Sorry, my therapist said I have a vivid imagination. Well, if I had a therapist, I’m sure that’s what he would have said!

Using the spice-mill that came with my food processor this time, though. Lazy bloggers posting; just throw it all in one, big photo. Add all your spices to a food processor, spice-mill or mortar. Start bashing, smashing or blitzing.

This is what you end up with. Especially Dutchies are going to like this spice mix; we always throw a few bay leaves in the pot when making beef stew anyway.

The original Old Bay Seasoning contains far more salt than my copycat recipe. So feel free to throw in an additional tsp. Only downside to my spice mix; it doesn’t come with this incredibly cute can. It even has recipes printed on it!

Feb 26, 2009

Roti Chicken

I’m making a lot of my friends very, very happy by posting this recipe. Up until now, I’ve always blatantly refused to hand over my Roti chicken recipe (and rightfully so). There are certain things you just don’t share. Men, eyeliner and your secret recipes! But I was in a generous mood, so here it is! I have a deep-seated love for Surinamese food. It’s absolutely fantastic food. Colorful, fragrant, spicy, hearty and simple. Real…

Feb 23, 2009

Molasses Cookies

Thanks for all the molasses recipes! It turned out to be an impressive collection! I’ve ordered two extra jars … a girl can never be prepared enough. I happened upon a recipe I really liked. Or better said; I happened upon several recipes I really liked. Rather than choosing one of them, I just combined all of them. Tweaked them a bit -added and subtracted a few things- until I…

Feb 20, 2009

Spaghetti Pie

  This is not what you think it is! Or maybe it is. I like to serve food buffet-style. It’s such a relaxed and informal way of eating during holidays or other get-togethers. Especially food you can make ahead of time and simply pop in the oven at the moment supreme is a big hit in my kitchen. This spaghetti ‘pie’ is one those slightly unorthodox recipes I like so much. It’s best eaten cold…

Feb 18, 2009

Strawberry Fizz

I know, I know … it’s not the season! I just can’t help myself :) It’s simply one of the best smoothies around; strawberry & banana smoothie. So terribly classic, yet so good. I really crave one every now and then—even though the berries aren’t nearly as tasty as they should be this time of year. To make a great strawberry smoothie you simply have to find the right combination of fruits,…

Feb 16, 2009

Creamy Onion Buns

The more postings I shoot, the more recipe ideas I get. Every now and then I’ll be cooking something that is so normal to me I don’t even consider it a ‘recipe’. Like these buns. I must have made them about a hundred -if not a thousand- times before, yet it never occurred to me that it might be a fun recipe to share. We have a big supermarket here (why, yes, we…

Feb 13, 2009

Teeny Tiny Request

Filed under: Expressions,Recipes — Tags: — Kay @ 8:42 am

Ladies & gentlemen, I’ve got it! Whew! Now I have a question for you …