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Inishta 03-19-2008 12:40 AM

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With FB being a truly global site I thought it might be a bit of fun to share some ingredients that may not be available everywhere. Something that imparts a unique flavour or saves time. Rather than a list perhaps one item at a time with suggestions for their use.

I'll start it off with Salca...... pronounced salcha.......related to but a world of flavor away from tomato puree. This is used throughout Turkey and available in tins (up to huge sizes) but they cannot compare to the paste bought at local farmers markets.

It is bought by weight, I find 1/2 Kilo or 1.1 pound to be best for us. It comes in 3 variations. The bottom one is tomato salca used in all recipes to reinforce tomato falvour. The top left is 'aci biber salca'. To be used sparingly as it is made with very hot chilli. The top right is 'tatli biber salca' which is made with mild or sweet chillis. This I use where chilli flavor is wanted without the heat. As in pepper sauces etc.

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So what local ingredient do you use?


Xabia Jim 03-19-2008 02:19 AM

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Smoky paprika! There are different bins of paprika but I like the smokey variety for my paellas. They just weigh it out on a piece of paper and fold it up for you. I was surprised to find an oily stain on the paper later. I took some home for gifts. Smokey aroma hits when you open the bag.


Inishita, is there an english name for your Scala?

Inishta 03-19-2008 02:53 AM

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XJim.................we have lots of paprika but, in this area, we have yet to find the smoked variety. I would love to try it. I can imagine lots of uses. Do you have an idea how it is smoked? I have a Brinkmann smoker.

The salca would translate as tomato paste or sauce. Really it is tomato puree on steroids...........:D


james 03-19-2008 12:33 PM

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Hey all you Californians. What is local to us?

We get good artichokes from Watsonville (about 10 minutes from here), and garlic from Gilroy (50 minutes), and we luckily have a large organic vegetable company called Earthbound Farms in Carmel Valley (15 minutes) for great salads and squashes.

Still, I'm addicted to my Italian food. We eat imported pasta, olive oil, balsamic, Carnarolli rice, cheese, white beans and tuna packed in olive oil.

I wonder if you can find Salca at an import food store in the U.S.?


Inishta 03-19-2008 05:29 PM

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There you go James...................;)

Best Turkish Food

And a few more

Turkish Food Stores

The world is shrinking.


Xabia Jim 03-20-2008 12:49 AM

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Some feel that our climate on the Costa Blanca is like California...same stuff James: Garlic, Artichokes, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables....

...almonds, grapes, olives, citrus....wild rosemary and lavender.

....Mountains and Sea

......not many Californians though:D

Xabia Jim 03-20-2008 12:50 AM

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I'd buy some paprika and try smoking it in a thin layer, maybe take some out as you go and have different batches to try.

....unless you want me to send you some!


Inishta 03-20-2008 01:24 AM

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Thanks for the kind offer XJim............we seem to have a post problem here. Lots of stuff never arrives...............:rolleyes:

I think perhaps a bit of research and we may come up with a recipe or two.


Inishta 03-21-2008 05:32 AM

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We are blessed with an abundance of pomegranates............both as table fruits and varieties for juice.

Pomegranate comes as juice, sauce and essence. Each more intense in flavour to the last. Use for salad dressings, soups, sauces and as a glaze for barbequing.

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Xabia Jim 03-22-2008 12:49 AM

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here's the smoky paprika....sure you don't want to test the post office?

have you used the Pomegranite juice for marinading?


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