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β€œHe who controls the spice controls the universe.”
― Frank Herbert

It hasn’t stopped raining since last night (which isn’t boding well for the coast!) therefore I decided to stick with something nice and simple to photograph today. Also very much ‘to hand’ rather than involving an outside venture. These sorts of days will happen over the next 361, so be warned!

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Last Christmas my Mother got some spice drawers. It’s taken a year but we finally started using them… The labels that they came with were quite bland so I used my scrawling handwriting to make some new ones.

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Then we topped up the drawers with things that we actually would cook with (and also that were ‘nut’ safe so that my boyfriend could also use them) and we got rid of stuff like ‘Fish powder’ and ‘Fish rub.’ The latter probably doesn’t involve fish, but involves rubbing one which is disgusting, so that had to go!

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Replacements are things such as celery salt, Oregano, Ginger, Thyme, Garlic Granules and other bits. I’m very much planning on stealing the cabinet of spices away when I have a house to fill with lots of delightful cooking smells.

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1pano

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
~ Marjorie Holmes

Orange is very much a Christmassy scent. It’s the smell that mingles perfectly with the fresh pine of a real Christmas Tree. The smell that wafts across the air when you wander around the Christmas markets (unless you’re wandering near the public toilets).

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I recently started following Clare Manson on wordpress, a wonderful cook and photographer from deviantART. She posted a tutorial on how to make Orange Slice Christmas Tree decorations. You can find it here.

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Before I did the sliced decorations though, we spent a good while trawling around the supermarkets in aid of finding some whole cloves. If you pierce an orange with millions of cloves it will give off the most fantastic scent – the orange and clove mix together nicely to create a warm cinnamon Christmas smell. Eventually we found some and did some voodoo sticking. The smell is incredible!

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I may well have burnt my oranges just a little bit (oven was too high!) but they still turned out fairly well. Next year I will be investing in a drill to make holes in cinnamon sticks so that they can be threaded on too. Suffice to say I will no longer be paying an extortionate amount of money at a Christmas market for some dried out oranges on string! DIY all the way…

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