Dictionary.com defines an aphrodisiac as “an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.” Aphrodisiacs are named after, Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, fruitfulness, and beauty. Now, I’ve heard of a lot of foods that are known to be aphrodisiacs, including oysters, chocolate and strawberries, but I’ve never heard that cumin can ignite the desire.
Apparently during the Middle Ages in Europe, cumin was believed to keep lovers from being unfaithful. Soldiers were sent off to war with cumin bread baked by their wives. In the Middle East, a paste of cumin, black pepper and honey is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
I don’t know about that, but I do know that I add cumin to all of my Mexican recipes, including tacos, chili and enchiladas, and it provides a great smoky flavor. I used to use those packets of pre-mixed spices until I realized that many brands had MSG! For years I just thought that those packets contained a perfect combination of spices, but I was shocked when I read the label and found MSG, maltodextrin and preservatives. So, I began to mix my own spices and I use chili, garlic and onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper in my chili.
Yesterday I was not planning to make chili until I went to this great little bakery in Fort Mill that my co-worker recommended, Breadsmith, and saw these delicious bread bowls calling my name. Listen, I should not be allowed in a bakery….ever. I have a weakness for bread. I came out of there with a tummy full of samples and $30.00 worth of bread. They had the most delicious pretzel bread and an out-of-this-world blueberry pie bread! Oh my!
So, I bought four bread bowls and made chili en croute last night, which is actually an Eat Clean recipe that came from Oxygen magazine. I just made my usual chili recipe, which I’ve shared with you in a previous post, and then served it in the bread bowl. To make the bread bowl, simply carve the bread like a pumpkin, carving off the top. Then scoop out a good bit of the bread inside to make way for the chili. Crust the breads up a bit by placing in an oven at 350 for 10 minutes.
The kids were so excited to have their meal in an edible bowl!
Do you have a recipe in which you use cumin? Please share!