Today's spice: Powdered Angelica
Maybe, like me, you haven't heard of angelica before. I bought this last spring for a dish I was making for Persian New Year. It's really amazing stuff. It's got a pretty intense and distinctive flavor, just a little sweet but also quite robust. Apparently it also has many medicinal uses.
I found this Eggplant with Pomegranate Dip that called for some angelica powder, and decided it looked appealing.
Here's my quick review if you are in a hurry:
Full review in complete sentences & with fewer exclamation points:
Wow, what an interesting recipe. We both really loved it. The dish starts off with some slow-cooked onions, then adds in the angelica, some dried mint and some pomegranate paste, then some tomatoes, and then the cubes of roasted eggplant. Then, all this cooks down for another long while.
The end result is absolutely amazing. Sweet, rich, and complex. So many of these ingredients are recognized as bringing depth and umami (best word ever) to a dish, and the combination of them is fabulous. You can taste the sweet, sour pomegranate, the sweetness of the caramelized onions, the clearing of the mint, the complexity of the angelica... really a neat dish. We just had it spread on some leftover homemade naan, but I think it would be really great on some pressed panini, or even on a pizza with other veggies on top. There's plenty left over, so I'll do some lunchtime experiments!