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My Spiffy Spice Shelf by Majnouna My Spiffy Spice Shelf by Majnouna
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I am somewhat obsessed with spices: learning their properties, collecting them, using them, and of course drawing them. This, then, is the spice shelf of my dreams, and close enough to the one I made for my kitchen. Of the bewildering array of spices available on the market I picked out 38 primary ones (that are not a mixture of several spices) that are stored this way (as opposed to, say, garlic, which you really want fresh) and readily available almost anywhere. Faced with the dilemma of representing them whole or ground, I put the powder in the jars and the original form on the label.

Note: If you're absolutely convinced "chilli" is an incorrect spelling you won't even look in a dictionary, don't bother commenting. I won't waste time educating you, I'll just call you a dunce and block you, as you'll have deserved.
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RottenDogg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cayenne is one of my personal favorite spices to cook with. When I cook steaks, I'm a fan of putting some cayenne on the steak before I put it into whatever marinade I'm using for it. I also like putting Cayenne with various other meats. (Cayenne + Garlic is probably one of my favorite spice combinations, ahaha)

I've yet to try it with a dish that consists of sautee'd veggies, though. 

I have never heard of Star Anise before this. It seems interesting.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm totally with you on the cayenne + garlic thing, especially with lemon added! We make spicy potatoes in Lebanon, basically sautéed with garlic and cayenne and a lemon juice. I can't resist!
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WrenoftheCookes Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This a question related to 'chilli'.
Please don't block me, I'm merely asking what language it comes from.
Because if (as I thought) it's Spanish, than don't the 'll's make a 'y' sound? Like in caballo, or horse?

I also really love this (and want it for my spice shelf haha).
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is the British spelling, from the original Nahuatl chilli via Spanish chile :)
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:iconwrenofthecookes:
WrenoftheCookes Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, I see! Thanks! :) (Smile) 
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:icondreamer-of-magic:
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   General Artist
I love spices ^_^ I even recognize most of these, except for galangal, mahlab, sumac and asafoetida.
However, it's not 'chilli', it's chile. ^^;
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RealNiggaBlackJack Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
chili is the spice, chile is the country
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Open a dictionary rather than making silly assumptions.
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:iconrealniggablackjack:
RealNiggaBlackJack Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to say you did spell it wrong.  Chili only has one "L"
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah, people who are so sure of themselves they never bother to open a dictionary.
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:iconrealniggablackjack:
RealNiggaBlackJack Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how's this for dictionary?
dictionary.reference.com/brows…
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are an country bumpkin with the attention span of a gnat. What's this just below definition 3?
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K0IRA Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I just LOVE smelling spices :love:

My favourite from here are:

Cinnamon, paprika, vanilla,basil, lemongrass, cardemom and mint ^u^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Me too! :nod:
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:iconenonea:
enonea Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
wow a whole glass of saffron?? You rich or what :D *counts her safron threads... 6*
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
One can dream :giggle:
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:iconenonea:
enonea Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
*dreams on* :)
(great illus btw)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfoaminianpriestess:
FoaminianPriestess Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Writer
You left out cilantro.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your English leaves much to be desired, if you don't know what coriander means.
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:iconfarseer-lolotea:
Farseer-Lolotea Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
In that person's defense, "cilantro" tends to refer to coriander leaves.  But those tend not to dry well, and thus aren't generally found on a spice rack.

But that said: no cardamom?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, I'm aware of that (though that's only in the US. In the UK coriander is coriander). But if a person's neither well-informed about spices nor about English, they really should keep their trap shut.
That said: are you blind?
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:iconfarseer-lolotea:
Farseer-Lolotea Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
My mistake.  I'm not used to seeing it as green pods.
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:iconshizen-nana:
Shizen-Nana Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I always wanted to have a list of the spices i could use for my Lebanese dishes :o this is helpful, thank you !!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh cool :)
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:iconzmanr3:
zmanR3 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh! Looks cool.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconviistar:
VIIStar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
... hot paprika or sweet paprika?  :3
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
My taste goes to hot!
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:iconviistar:
VIIStar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
my sister accidentally got the hot kind, once.   XDc
I'm on fire!
 

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Ayumi-Fallassion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is lovely!

i completely agree about fresh vs powdered garlic, but my husband is allergic to something in fresh, so I have to stick to dry. *Sob* And my family is to kind that can literally bite into a clove of garlic and still say, needs more garlic!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's strange, and what a pity! Can you make two versions of a given dish, or is that too complicated? :(
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Ayumi-Fallassion Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Considering I don't even have fresh in the house to resist temptation, I think it might be a bit complicated. ^__^
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SleepyWishes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
My favorites are anise and clove. ^^ I love spices.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me too ^^
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:iconnight27shadow:
night27shadow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love those racks full of spices
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me too!
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:iconnight27shadow:
night27shadow Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes i only used some of the spices that I know 
and still trying to mix and match to cook some food
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never even heard of some of these, Mahlab and Sumac. Others I've not seen for sale like Asafoetida or Galangal.
I love different spices and herbs too, though I HATE coriander (the leaves), it's ok ground (different flavour) and trying to eat mustard to me is like trying to eat bee stings and nettles (yeah I think I'm allergic) oh well. It's hard to pick favourites, though I like pretty much anything with ginger in and also love smoked paprika in anything tomatoey.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool ^^ I have yet to try several of these...
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my mum loves star anise, she takes them out of curries and chews on them (I've tried but it's like trying to eat wood so I gave up)
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Sounddrive Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! Lol, looks like one of my friend's mother's cabinet, only not so organized!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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NTiag0 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So colorful...:D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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Drauxia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! I love all the textures you used. My personal favorites that I use all the time are cumin and basil. I didn't know sumac was a spice!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is indeed, a staple spice in my country! I love cumin too, and basil, but I use it fresh.
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:icondrauxia:
Drauxia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does sumac taste like? If you don't mind me asking.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's very sour, depending on the quality it can be even more sour than lemon. It was originally used to substitute for lemon when the fruit was out of season. Now lemon is always available, but sumac is still sprinkled on a lot of things. I use it on popcorn ^^ drooling at the thought!
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