iSpice Winners and Monica Bhide’s Favourite Spice


06 Jan iSpice Winners and Monica Bhide’s Favourite Spice

Today I get to spread more joy. I think I could get used to this. It makes me feel a tiny bit like Oprah — you win an iSpice, and YOU win an iSpice, and YOU win an iSpice!  The only difference? Everyone was expecting a mass giveaway. And the winners don’t have to pay the taxes on their prize. Oh, and you can’t drive away in your brand new iSpice. But you can drive with one in your pocket, so that’s pretty neat (only don’t scroll spices while driving!)

Although, it took a few clicks of the button at,  we have our 10 winners. Are you ready? A big congratulations to:

  1. Dan who craves the heat of cayenne
  2. Joni who adores cumin
  3. Amui who longs for the Cuban spice mix of her youth
  4. Lindsay (with an a) who’s jonesing for asafoetida
  5. Lindsey (with an e) who shares my love of cinnamon
  6. Tina who might be a bigger cilantro fan than I am (we’re talking fresh leaves here, right Tina?)
  7. Kathryn who missed me but likely would miss cayenne more if denied it
  8. Cheryl who actually knows what a Tonka Bean is (way to go Cheryl!)
  9. Sally who appreciates the subtlety of nutmeg
  10. Zehra who reminds us that salt is a spice — and the most essential one of all

I’ll be emailing you all privately with instructions.

All this is courtesy of Monica Bhide whose current favourite spice is …

fennel. According to iSpice:

Fennel seeds are similar in shape to cumin seeds, but are green in color. Their taste is similar to licorice and aniseed. Fennel seeds are highly aromatic and have a sweet taste. In India they are used as a digestive and breath freshener. Use fennel seeds with poultry, rice, meats, fish and drinks. Roast them gently and then grind to use as a rub. Fennel seeds are a key ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder.

During the virtual potluck for the launch of her book Modern Spice, I had the honour of making Monica’s family fave, Fennel Roasted Cauliflower. In case you missed the recipe the first time, here it is again. But be warned. Double the batch because you will want to eat the entire recipe yourself.

Photo © kevindooley. Published under a Creative Commons License.

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  • Kathryn
    Posted at 11:31h, 06 January Reply

    Oh, Char, you are way better than Oprah! Thank-you.

    A great learning opportunity for the New Year.

    Thanks again to you and Monica.


    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:14h, 06 January Reply

      @Kathryn, thanks for participating. It was a fun contest. I loved hearing people’s favourite spices.

      And thanks again for all your support!

  • Monica Bhide
    Posted at 12:36h, 06 January Reply

    Thanks so much for featuring iSPICE. I am very appreciative! Wishing you and Andrew a fantastic new year!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:17h, 06 January Reply

      @Monica Bhide, no! Thank YOU! Ten apps is more than generous. Heck, one would have been great.

      Hope 2011 is the best yet!

  • Amy Proulx
    Posted at 17:02h, 06 January Reply

    Yay! I’m excited that Monica and I love the same marvelous fennel flavour! Is there a similar guide online by Monica that would allow those of us who don’t have iStuff and iThings to experience the iSpice content?

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:22h, 07 January Reply

      @Amy Proulx, I think you and Monica share a lot more than a love of fennel. I would love to get the two of you together in my kitchen and see what landed on the table.

      I don’t think Monica has an online guide, but you just never know what she has in the works.

  • Sally
    Posted at 00:31h, 09 January Reply

    First time to win something this way – it’s made my day. Thank you very much.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 19:56h, 10 January Reply

      @Sally, my pleasure. It’s so fun to give things away. And winning ain’t too shabby either :-)

      Enjoy your iSpice!

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