Originally Posted by Rick Alan
Cinnamon, anise and clove are 3 that probably get used as often as they should. Cinnamon is of course 1 of the 5 in five-spice powder. Cacoila (pronounced casula) is an absolutely wonderful Portuguese pulled pork dish and cinnamon is really the only standout ingredient, it really makes the dish.
Outside of ham be careful with clove, 3 of them is plenty for 2 pounds of beef, mousaka is the only place I used clove so far outside of studding a ham. Chefedb recently commented using it to make béchamel.
I agree 100%. I have mentioned in a recent post that there is very little I enjoy about cinnamon, but on rare occasion I've found it to compliment certain dishes. When you mentioned BBQ in a marinade consisting of coriander and cumin, it reminded me of an Asian BBQ sauce I basted on a pork tenderloin years back which contained cinnamon and was a surprising success. I don't know how well it would fair with chicken however.
I've never been a huge fan of cumin or cloves, and also picky about coriander unless fresh, but it felt to me once you mentioned your intended ingredients that if it was me, I would possibly push the envelope with cinnamon. That is how my mind works in the kitchen; if my dish contains ingredients I'm not overly fond of, may as well combine it with other things I'm not overly fond of but have had occasional success with. If it fails its usually because it just didn't meld well with the meat I chose to pair it with, and I probably wouldn't have disliked it any less with or without the final ingredient add on.
I suppose I'm an experimenter. Oddly enough too, I love shepard's pie but despise moussaka and tourtière. For years couldn't understand why until I discovered it contained the afore mentioned spices.
I don't think I will play around with cloves or anise much, but will always play with fennel, cumin, coriander and cinnamon depending on what I'm making. My meatballs are amazing because of fennel seed! That said, I tossed out my five spice years ago and never looked back.
I've really enjoyed hearing from you, and thanks for responding back again! Look forward to reading more from you.