FRIDAY FOOD THING
“If you don’t have one, y’oughta get one.”
Years ago, Rich took me to a kitchen gadget store, where I purchased a small ceramic mortar and pestle — a MUST have in any kitchen. I use mine for everything from grinding up sea salt to a fine powder (for such things as popcorn and roasted peanuts) to pulverizing caraway and mustard seed, peppercorns, and — rosemary, my number ONE all time favorite herb. With this in mind, I discovered something rather amazing the other day. . .
I was seasoning a steak. The mortar still had some ground up powered sea salt in it from the last time I had used it. What the heck? I threw in some stripped rosemary from my rosemary bush, and ground them both up together. The salt quickly absorbed the rosemary’s dampness. Afterwards, I licked my finger.
Wow, I thought. “Hey, what a great idea!”
I added more salt and rosemary, tossed in a few peppercorns, ground it up and filled a small empty spice jar with the great-smelling concoction.
Now that I have a nice mortar & pestle, I find I use it nearly every day. It has become an indispensable and attractive addition to my kitchen.
If you plan on getting one, I recommend spending a little extra and getting a really good one. Something that’s heavy and won’t slide around on your counter top.