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
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!