|Ras el hanout|
A note from Leslie: Many of you know I've been haunting Seattle's Pike Place Market for years, first as a college student and young lawyer living in Seattle, and now as an occasional visitor from Montana. A few years ago, I discovered World Spice Merchants on Western Avenue, just below the Market, a shop as full of discovery as the Spice Islands and other distant lands were to the European sailors in the Age of Exploration.
So when ASSAULT & PEPPER, the first book in my Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries, came out last March, I sent a signed copy to Amanda Bevill, owner of World Spice Merchants.
Imagine the stunned look on my face when a lovely woman I didn't know came to my book launch party---in an art gallery in Montana---and introduced herself as Amanda. Turns out she and her husband divide their time between Seattle and NW Montana. I inscribed her copy of my book, and she gave me a signed copy of her cookbook, WORLD SPICE AT HOME.
And thus began a friendship built on spice. Amanda joins us today with a tasty recipe that shows off the blends that make her shop such a magical place.
The Secret Ingredient
By Amanda Bevill
|Chinese Five Spice|
Great Grandmother Carter’s Apple Cake1 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ground Chinese Five Spice or Ras el Hanout
3 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9”x13” pan.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix together.
Fold in apples and nuts.
Bake 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
So, the next time you want to try something new, or add a twist to a classic, open up your spice cabinet and follow your nose. If you like the way it smells, you’ll love the way it tastes!
Amanda Bevill is the owner of World Spice Merchants, an artisan spice shop in Seattle, Washington, and the co-author of World Spice at Home, New Flavors for 75 Different Dishes. Visit the shop on Western Avenue below Pike Place Market, or online.