Herbs. and Spices / Hierbas y Especias

Adobo                                   Marinade Mixture consisting of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar
Allspice                                  Pimienta Dulce Equal amounts: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon
Anise                                     Anís Licorice flavored, allied to star anise
Baking Soda                           Bicarbonato de sosa
Baking Powder                        Levadura en polvo
Basil                                      Albahaca A sweet but fragrant herb is used in Italian cooking.
Bay Leaf                                Laurel Aromatic leaf used in soups and stews
Capers                                   Alcaparras For fish dishes
Caraway                                 Alcaravella Used in rye bread
Cardamom                              Cardomomo A component in curry powder
Cayenn                                  Pimentón Hot chili pepper

Celery Seed                            Semilla de Apio Stews

Celery Salt                              Sal de Apio To make: Grind 1 part celery seed to 2 parts salt.
Chamomile                             Manzanilla A plant used as a tisane for its sedative powers.
Chervil                                   Perifollo An herb of the parsley family.
Chili                                       Chili In Mexico, both the Ancho Chili and Chipotle Chili                                                          powders are available, also a square packet of
                                              compressed sauce.
Chinese 5 spice                      5 Especias chinas Mixture of: toasted and ground cinnamon                                                   ,cloves, fennel, star anise, and Sezchuan peppercorns
Chives                                   Cebollin Pungent member of the scallion, or green onion family.
Cilantro Cilantro                      A strong flavor used in most salsa.
Cinnamon Canela                    Cinnamon sticks best, also available in powder.
Clove Clavo                            Great in ginger bread, baked ham or with apple pi
                                              or pudding
Cocoa Used in Moles                A special dish usually made with chicken.
Coriander Cilantro                    Seed of the cilantro, can be termed herb or spice.
Cream of Tartar Crema de Tártaro    Baking soda good substitute. A good leavening agent.
Cumin Comino                        Adds peppery flavor when added to curry or chili.
Curry Curry                             East Asian mixture of toasted seeds and ground spices: Cumin,                                              cardamom, coriander, ground turmeric, dry mustard, cayenne                                                  pepper.
Dill seed Encido                      Eneldo Dried seed of dill plant.
Fennel Hinoja,                        Canamo Italian or Mediterranean cuisine has licorice flavor.
Garlic                                     Ajo Only thing better than a little garlic, is a lot of garlic.
Ginger                                   Jenjibre, Gengibre Aromatic, pungent and spicy, wonderful in                                                  stir fries and ginger breads.
Herbes de Provence                 Mixture of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and                                                     lavender leaves.
Hoisin Chinese                         Barbecue Sauce
Horseradish                             Rábano Picante This ancient grated root is used as a pungent                                                 spice with beef or in seafood sauces, but has many medicinal                                                 properties. Mix shreds of root with vinegar and dry mustard to                                                 keep as sauce.
Hot Sauce                               Salsa Picante/Salsa Caliente Tabasco is available. There are                                                  different kinds to choose from.
Italian Seasoning                     Condimento Italiano Mixture of: Basil, or oregano, rosemary,
                                              marjoram, cilantro, thyme, savory and red pepper flakes.
Ketchup                                  Salsa de tomate
Lime juice                               Jugo de Limon Lemons are rare and the lime is readily                                                           available.
Mace                                      Macis Aromatic, ground from the dried aril around
                                              nutmeg seed.
Marjoram                                 Mejorana Herb used extensively for lamb in Mediterranean
                                              recipes.
Meat tenderizer                        Ablandador de Carne A mixture of spices including Bromelain                                                 (and often MSG). Several fruits can do the same thing ie.,
                                               Papaya.
Mint                                         Yerbabuena There are many varieties but the one called
                                               English mint is used for mint sauce with lamb.
                                               Chop mint finely, add vinegar and sugar.
Mole                                        This sauce can come pre -mixed in many basic
                                                flavors. It is not difficult but time consuming to
                                                make at home. The base is a Dona Maria sauce
                                                purchased at any supermarket.
Moles                                        come in various flavors and ingredients, with chili
                                                 peppers as the common factor. However, the classic mole
                                                 version is the variety called mole poblano, which is a dark                                                      red or brown sauce served over meat.
Mustard (dry)                              Mostaza (seco) Ancient spice used in many recipes for mixed
                                                 spices and curries.
Nutmeg                                      Nuez Moscada Used in Allspice and often with cloves and
                                                 cinnamon for cakes
Onion salt                                   Sal de Cebolla Three parts salt to Onion powder
Oregano                                      Orégano Mexican Oregano is a little stronger than Italian.
                                                  Use sparingly.
Paprika                                       Pimenton Dulce Hard to find in Manzanillo.
Parsley                                        Perejil Most popular herb and relative of celery
Pepper (Black/White)                    Pimienta (Negra/Blanca)
Peppermint                                  Essencia de Menta Cross between wintermint and                                                                 spearmint.
Pickling Spices                             Especias para encurtidos Hard to find in Manzanillo. Mixture                                                   of : Cinnamon,
Allspice, Mustard Seed, Coriander, Bay Leaves, Chilies, Cloves, Black Pepper, Mace, Cardamom, and Sulfiting Agents. Poppy Seed Semilla de Amapolla From Opium poppy, banned in Mexico.

Poultry Seasoning Sazonador para aves/ Mixture of: dried sage, rosmary, thyme
condimento para aves marjoram, nutmeg and black pepper.

 

 

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