The Spice of Life

Spices

 

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.” 
Frank Herbert, Dune

Granville Island has been called the “Stomach of Vancouver.”  When you walk through the doors, breathe deeply to inhale the aromas of fresh fruit, vegetables, coffee, bread and spices.  From the beginning, food and spices have formed a strong bond to create hearty soups, zesty meat dishes, and decadent sweets.

Spices have a mysterious glamour because we connect them to the markets and bazaars of faraway, exotic lands. Spices traveled the routes between historic civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe.  Cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger and turmeric were known in the ancient Eastern World before they trickled into the Middle East and then finally to the West.  The names of these routes were as fascinating as the spices that came along their corridors via ocean voyages to India and Sri Lanka, and the overland caravan routes through Egypt and the Suez.

International trade has brought the best of the world into our grocery and specialty stores.  More significantly, the global marketplace has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and experience that is available everyone. Diversity and cultural distinctions are the gifts that spur innovation and creativity – not only with food but in every area of endeavour.

26 Comments

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Life would be truly dull without spices. Granville Island sounds like a wonderful place.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Can you imagine a life without pepper? Granville Island used to be the Industrial Site of Vancouver in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. There has been a complete changeover. Artists, Crafts, Theater, Restaurants and Bakeries. It makes me wonder what it will look like 100 years from now…but that is for another generation to decide. I like our choice…

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  2. Danke für den Eintrag.
    Einen schönen Sonntag wünschen wir.
    Haben -11°C
    LG. Wolfgang

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch für einen Besuch. Es klingt wie Sie mit kaltem Wetter sind. Halten Sie sich warm!

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  3. Pani Peonia says:

    And this trade is quite “ancient” I believe….

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Yes, it is! Way before the emergence of the West. History has so many stories to tell us if only we had more time. It is difficult living in one time frame but wanting to know about all the others that came before. There is not a moment to waste. I am so glad that we connected over the blogger miles! I appreciate your visit and comments.

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  4. mixedupmeme says:

    If it’s one thing I remember learning about in history or geography or whatever it was I was studying in grade school….it was the term Spice Islands.

    My husband is a spice freak. I might just take a picture of our spice cupboard. Probably could get a good post about it. lol

    And do I ever need a good post. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Ahhh… The romance of the Spice Islands. Even the term “spice” seems magical. I would love to see a picture of your spice cupboard. I’ll be on the lookout for a post.

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  5. Ooooh – I enjoyed those Dune books. And the silk road in ‘olden days’ – how exotic and deliciously dangerous it must have been. You and I on camels in saris and veils transporting all our cinamons and saffrons across the desert – now that’s a thought 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Even now, I can feel the heat of the sun and the dry desert wind. I wonder what our backs would be like after a day of riding camels?!!!

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      1. I’d like to think we would dismount gracefully and go and eat Turkish delight on beautiful carpets and cushions. But somehow I suspect we would be all creaky and in need of a bath and a cup of tea….

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Turkish Delight an enormous healing powers. Maybe we could dismount gracefully!!!

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      3. Well I know that we would have a good go at it 🙂

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  6. Ms Frances says:

    The love of spice! We buy them from the supermarket or even from the corner store for a modest price. It is hard for us to believe that spices could be used to ransom a king

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    1. Clanmother says:

      How truly spoken. What was once only for royalty is now for everyone.

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  7. tuttacronaca says:

    A spicy life… this sounds perfect! Have a perfect Sunday! 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Life is full of surprises and adventures. Lots of spice to fill our days. It is a perfect Sunday in Vancouver with lots of sunshine and no rain in sight. Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Ci vediamo a domani.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Vielen Dank für dieses schöne Video. Vor vielen Jahren lebte ich in Alberta, Kanada, bevor ich nach Westen zog nach British Columbia. Kanada ist ein außergewöhnliches Ländern. So viel Land, Bäume, Seen und Flüssen. Ich schätze Ihren Besuch!

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  8. Oh how I miss that place! Your photos of the market just took me back, thank you!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Granville Island will still be here when you come back for a visit!! The tea shop has expanded since you were here, but the bakeries remain the very same – still baking those delectable goodies.

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  9. That sounds amazing! I use so many different spices in my cooking. I would love to visit that market someday!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      You would love meandering through Granville Island, Lauren! Over Christmas there were Chestnuts roasting just at the front entrance. Delicious aroma!

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