===Fresh tarragon ====
Tarragon sure seems to be a herb that is going by the wayside and forgotten. One of the first restaurants that I worked in did chicken with a tarragon cream sauce in puff pastry. That was the only dish that I have done with it. Too bad as I like anise/licorice type flavors.
Is saffron a herb or spice? I love it in certain dishes. Paella naturally..
I do not have any ‘new’ spices or herbs, but I do have new favorite ingredients. Most of the time it involves me trying to cook Asian style meals. Out of those, my favotite items are lemon grass, galangal, preserved or pickled radish or turnips. You can include ketjap manis, Mae Ploy chili sauce,coconut milk and curry pastes.
I have a few Thai cookbooks, and every time I discover I need a new ingredient. The spice cabinet keeps growing…
For those who want the BBQ shrimp recipe, it goes something like this:
Reduce worchestershire sauce and hot sauce down by at least half in a pot. Chopped garlic should be in this reduction too.
Whisk in some softened butter. Do this rapidly and make sure that the butter blends/emulsifies with the reduction. Add some lemon juice to taste. This dish benefits from the addition of fresh rosemary when served…
Cook shrimp in saute pan with more garlic. When they are done, quickly add the sauce and serve.