Apple and Spice


A few weeks ago I decided I'd had enough of the little bags, packets and jars that were my collection of spices. Those jars especially were becoming very irksome. Why are spices sold in jars which are too narrow to get a teaspoon in? Why? What is needed are short and wide containers not tall and thin ones. Containers modelled on myself in fact.

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After

I bought these little metal tins. They are just right for storing spices. You can easily spoon out your spices, the lids unscrew smoothly and they can be stacked in towers that don't fall over every time you move them.


I spent a very pleasant hour labelling and filling my spice pots.


This morning I opened up my pots of cinnamon and ground cloves to make a spiced apple cake. When I looked up the recipe I discovered I posted it on the day I was waiting for Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries Volume ii to be delivered. Well, here I am three years later making it again and waiting for Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries Vol iii to be delivered.

Here's the recipe, I call it Apple-Clove cake but today I used cinnamon as well as cloves and substituted wholemeal flour for half the plain flour. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a traybake tin  9'' by 13''.
It's the perfect September cake, lovely with a cup of tea and a new Nigel Slater book.


Comments

  1. You have discovered the secret pleasure of a managing a spice collection! I congratulate you on the sensible option of tins which will protect the spices but I must admit that I enjoy the colours in the glass jars on my shelf.

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  2. You're absolutely right about the jars, I love your tins.

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  3. Oh Sue, that cake looks so scrumptious. I may have to try a version myself. Thank you for the recipe!

    Ages ago, when I lived in a very large, but primitive, loft in NYC's SoHo neighborhood, there were just a few little start up shops and restaurants amid the galleries. One of the shops sold tea, cheese and a few other items, and was named after its owners, Dean and Deluca. That little shop grew to iconic grandness, but has always sold their spices and herbs from tins like yours. I agree with all that you say about the wisdom of such containers...but admit to still having some of my spices and herbs in the glass jars.

    xo

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    1. Terence Conran sold his herbs and spices in little tins too at his Bluebird Gastrodome in the old Bluebird garage in the King's Road. I saved the oregano one for years. Need cake this weekend so this may be the one.

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  4. Spice jars are little slices of history - along the lines of 'remember back in 1998 when I bought this jar of...' Only joking, I think the oldest one I have dates from 2006.

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  5. Anonymous4:43 pm BST

    I went straight to the little aluminium pots site and bought some. they are smashing. Very glad you are back.

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  6. Your new spice jars are divine and miniature versions of them would do beautifully for eyeshadow. I wonder whether turmeric makes a good eyeshadow?

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  7. I am SO glad you are back! You have, in one post, supplied the solution not only to the problem of what to do with too many eating apples (I'd much prefer a cooking apple tree, but the eating apple tree came with the house) AND how to manage my herbs and spices and get rid of those annoying jars. I have just ordered 20 of the little tins. Thank you!

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  8. What fabulous colours.
    Ax

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  9. You have come up with the exact solution I was looking for. As usual. Don't know how I managed six months without you.

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  10. I did a similar thing with my spices - it is so worth it!!!

    Have to say that I am so pleased that you are back blogging again! I love your instagram pictures but really missed the words. And I don't know how I missed that kitchen diaries 3 is out - off to amazon now!!!

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  11. I'm glad you are back bogging as well. I don't know why spices come in those jars either. I do like your solution.

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  12. I've been waiting for that book and knew it was out this month - I'm not waiting until Christmas. The first two volumes are consulted here several times a week and I love the writing as much as the recipes. If the dresser caught fire the Kitchen Diaries would be the first things to be rescued. Though why, or how, just the dresser would catch fire...
    Anyway, I think your herbs and spices look great in their new pots. I curse those jars they come in each time I climb on a chair, fumble blindly about in the cupboard and end up with the bloody things falling out and rolling off around the kitchen in all directions.
    S

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  13. Great idea with the tins, I particularly love how nicely they stack. It's so annoying when things slide off the top of each other. Hope you enjoy the new Nigel Slater. CJ xx

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  14. I have made the cake. The builders will thank you tomorrow.
    Do you know if the third diaries are real time or a compilation like the second diaries?

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    1. The recipes are a compilation from his notebooks of the last few years. He does say that although not all from the same year they are from the same dates. It's smaller than the other two volumes although with the same amount of pages (approx). Even if I never follow any of the recipes I will be inspired. I am already planning meals based on ideas in the book.

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  15. You're so right about the teaspoons. I have to use the teaspoon handle!

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  16. What you say about Nigel, he is always so inspiring. I have the book on order too, but doubt that I will follow a recipe, just as I haven't for all his other books but he is such a good read.

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  17. Welcome back Sue. Lovely to read you again. I have just ordered these little tins myself, having read your post and being quite ready to believe your every word. They better be good. Ha ha.
    xx

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  18. I agree about the spice jars! Such a poor design, but those little tins look lovely. I am very tempted .... As for Nigel's next volume of Kitchen Diaries- it's going on my Christmas list.

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  19. Thanks Sue fantastic idea for spice jars, just ordered some. Will be so much easier to see what is in the cupboard x

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  20. Good Afternoon Sue, Its lovely to meet you. I love the idea of these spice jars, because you are absolutely right, it is difficult to use a teaspoon with those little glass jars full of spices. I just had a look at them at the price is very good..... something I will look into ordering.
    I notice you live in Worcester, I was born in Kidderminster, but I have not lived there since I was three years old.
    I have really enjoyed my visit so I am signing up to receive your email.
    Enjoy your day.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne
    ivyphyllisandme.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. A perfect cake for the season.

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  22. Those tins are brilliant, I decanted all my spices into the little half sized jam jars so I could actually get a teaspoon in, but the tins are an even better idea as spices are better in the dark aren't they.

    I'm looking forward to getting Kitchen Diaries III, as much for the read as for the recipes, Nigel is just such a good foodie writer, I love all his books.

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  23. Hi Sue - what is it about containers that thrills me so? I have my spices in a variety of tins/jars. The Bart ones are great - there were so many of them a few years ago but Sainsburys seem to have reduced their spice lines. I do like this squat tins, you've given me food for thought. Also a Nigel fan, having almost all of his books, I'd forgotten this recipe. As my neighbour has just given us carte blanche to rains his (eating) apple and pear trees this is an ideal recipe for eaters. Great post - certainly back in your stride! I've still to regain mine.

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  24. The number of times I've tried to get a teaspoon into a spice jar! Those wee tins look great.

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