Spices and herbs – Cloves


Who has never prepared a very beautiful dish to receive visitors, or was surprised with a very nice cake at a surprise party? The cool thing is that food is a means of transmitting affection. However, I believe that a lot of people have already come across a dish that looks fantastic, but that did not like the taste very much, which makes me say that for the ideal preparation of food, in addition to affection, you have to have a dose of knowledge. The union between emotion and rationality!
The Chinese work in their gastronomy to mix contrasting elements, mixing spicy and mild flavors, sweet and savory, acid and bitter. This ancient knowledge guarantees the presence of varied colors, enchanting aromas without counting the different nutrients. It is on the ideal of balance, represented by Yin Yang, that this is based. Fried foods, roasts and spicy spices are represented by the element Yang (the light side) and the preparations cooked in liquid, the raw and soft seasonings by the element Yin (the dark side). Thus, the concern with balance ensures attention to health. Knowing how to measure the elements is to ensure nutrition and good emotions!
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Carnation from India, which is actually native to Indonesia, is a Yang element widely used throughout the world. Its improper use results in an imbalance that is very unpleasant. Who has never been distracted by eating a candy and biting a clove? Wow! The classic example is the coconut kiss. But calm people! The carnation is not an evil spice, it is very intense and deserves attention and care to bring us benefits and pleasure. It is with affection and study that I bring in this post the Carnation of India!
When it comes to seasoning a tender at Christmas, making a bechamel sauce, seasoning a mulled wine, or even using spices based on spices such as the Five Chinese Spices or the Quatre Épices (France) or the Garam Masala (India), the Carnation from India is indispensable in all these preparations and very welcome in so many others, like the pineapple in syrup that my mother makes!
What does this spice hide behind if its sweet aroma and strong, warm flavor? Firstly I would like to say that it is a flower bud that has not opened! Yes, the clove is a little flower that concentrated its nutrients withered and turned this spice so aromatic! But what properties does it have? Its oil is called eugenol, it is a powerful antioxidant, it fights free radicals and prevents cell aging. Clove oil is used by the Japanese to polish ornamental swords, guaranteeing shine and avoiding oxidation stains on the metal! Oral antiseptic also intense, the carnation fights microorganisms, gives more durability to your coconut kisses and its presence helps to repel insects. The anesthetic substance used by dentists is extracted from the clove. Cloves are also anti-inflammatory and digestive!
To accompany a good orange cake in the late afternoon, try a clove tea sweetened with vanilla sugar! In a cup of boiling water add two cloves and cover for 5 minutes, then remove the cloves and sweeten with one or two teaspoons of vanilla sugar.
Pineapple in syrup? Peel a pineapple, cut them into not-so-small cubes, add sugar and three cloves. Cook until the pineapple is transparent, remove the cloves and wait for it to cool. This preparation can be served with ice cream, to cover cheesecakes, fill pies to compose some drinks, why not?

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