Spice Mixes

I often refer in my blog posts to spice blends that I am much more likely to use than any particular spice called for in a recipe. The following mixes were all taught to me by Friday Valentine (aka Rafaella d'Allemtejo in the SCA). The ratio's are all my own. Feel free to adjust ratios to your own taste. Here is a summary of the blends I use most and where I typically substitute which:

Pungent spice blend (peppery spices):

Grains of Paradise, Long pepper, Coriander, Cubebs, Black Pepper
Substitute anywhere Black Pepper is called for, especially when high heat will be used.

1 part each: coarse salt, Pungent Spice Blend
Substitute for salt & pepper when roasting meat of vegetables.

Duke's Powder II:

Ginger, Cinnamon, Long Pepper, Grains of Paradise,
1/2 parts each: Nutmeg, Fine Sugar, Galingale
Substitute where cinnamon, ginger or black pepper are called for and the other flavor notes would not go amiss.

Powder Forte (Strong Spices):

Cinnamon, Ginger Cloves, Mace, Cubebs, Black Pepper
Substitute where black pepper is called for. 

Salsa Fina (Fine Spices):

Ginger, Cinnamon, Grains of Paradise,
1/2 parts each: Nutmeg, Mace,
1/4 Part: Cloves
Substitute for ginger, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice. 

Powder Douce (Sweet Spices):

Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger,
1/2 parts each: Cloves, Nutmeg, Coriander
Substitute for cinnamon or for cinnamon sugar.  

The Spices:
These days I get most of my spices from Stone Cottage here in Portland.
I usually buy whole spices where possible and grind them as needed.
I try to only make enough of any given mix to last me for six months or so.
When I run out of something I tend to make up batches of each mix that is running low.
I use a coffee grinder for most of my spice grinding, except for nutmeg, for which I use a microplane.

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