Monday, December 13, 2010

What the heck is tarragon?

OK, so did you ever wonder why they put all of those spices in a spice rack? Seriously. Someone gave me one of those carousel spice racks with 16 filled jars. It looked pretty. I kind of liked spinning it. It made me feel like a "real" cook, not the pull-from-the-freezer-and-nuke-in-a-microwave-mom that I am. But I couldn’t tell you what half of the spices are used for. I was familiar with cinnamon and chili powder and paprika. But tarragon? What the heck is that? I’ve never used that spice in my life.  
So how does this relate to writing? I have no idea. But I bet all of my writerly friends could come up with some great metaphors. Take a shot at it in comments. 

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  1. I think you can look at spices as adding the extra details to your story--the extra touches to voice, dialogue, setting, etc. Just like if you use cumin and chili powder, you've added a Mexican flavor, cumin, garam masala, curry powder, corriander, an Indian flavor. And I know tarragon but don't use it that much.

  2. Wow, Nat. You know your spices. (smiles) And a great metaphor, too.

  3. I think tarragon is good in chicken dishes - I seem to recall reading that somewhere...but I don't actually cook much; I prefer to do dishes :)