Jewels as a lady of leisure

Sundays are made for lounging about and perusing the web. Sometimes there are finds that I just can not possibly keep to myself. It may be a photograph, a recipe, point of view, some goodie I lust after, … today it is the new flavor du jour, Japanese seven spice (Shichimi Togarashi), a spicy pepper seasoning that is one of the most popular table condiments in Japan. It also appears to be exploding onto western tables with lightening rapidity.


Photo courtesy of The Perfect Pantry

I’ll be honest, the first I heard of it was this week when our giveaway/contest winner used it in his recipe. As usual I’ve been endlessly seduced by Tastespotting this week, and ran across several other recipes containing this unusual ingredient in the space of a few hours. So, I dragged a rather groggy Tatjana to the restaurant supply store with me in search of said delicacy first thing yesterday morning. It was completely sold out, they can’t keep it in stock. It’s obviously a very hot item (pun intended). Here are some of the scintillating recipes I found around the web…

Chicken Yakatori

Recipe courtesy of The Perfect Pantry
Baked Zucchini with Spicy Wheat Germ Crumbs
Recipe and photo courtesy of Teczcape – An Escape to Food
Simple Fried Rice with Japanese Seven Spice
Recipe courtesy of Vegan Yum Yum
I’m looking forward to spicing up my repertoire with this exotic (and hard to obtain) ingredient. Watch this space for a few recipe ideas of my own once I’ve gotten a taste.
Jewels in search of Japanese seven spice
According to Wikipedia the ingredients include cayenne, Sichuan pepper, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, hemp seed, ground ginger, and nori, but I think I’ll order some online to taste what the balance should be, before using it the first time.
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  • January 16, 2011
    9:47 pm

    JA this sounds absolutely delicious. I can think of a million things to use this for. Thanks for clueing us all in on this "secret" ingredient!

  • January 17, 2011
    1:12 am

    Glam photo!

  • January 17, 2011
    3:26 am

    Oooh I'm adding that one to my shopping list. Sounds good.

  • January 17, 2011
    4:05 am

    Wonder how this spice would taste mixed in with your tofu recipe wraps? I'm guessing starting with a little and working your way up to find the level of heat that works best. I'll have to look the next time I'm over near a shop that carries a lot of asian spices.

  • January 17, 2011
    4:17 am

    Thank you Ms. Queen of Glam.Wow Ruthee – your right, I'll bet it would be amazing!

  • January 17, 2011
    4:20 am

    i sure hope you found it ok!!!S&B brand is a good's proper name is nanami togarashi or shichimi togarashi.Derek Sumisu

  • January 17, 2011
    4:20 am

    p.s. i pretty much turned every one of my friends onto that stuff! i used to carry the little bottle of it with me everywhere i went. our nickname for it is 'seven-pep'Derek Sumisu

  • January 17, 2011
    4:23 am

    Yes, I posted the full name on the blog with a link to buy it online, and a list of ingredients if people want to make their own. I like that "seven-pep."Congrats again on the pickles!

  • January 17, 2011
    11:23 am

    Hmmm…I've never heard of it but now I want it too! I wonder if our little Asian store would stock such a spice? Thanks for the infor Julie Anne!Cupcake

  • January 17, 2011
    11:45 am

    Ok, this spice is something I am going to have to find down at my local Japanese grocery store. Fingers crossed that they stock this, otherwise I will have to hunt it down. Love the ingredients. Aussie Mum

  • January 17, 2011
    5:35 pm

    Amazing photos of you …I think this spice cures colds!!!

  • January 17, 2011
    5:44 pm

    @aussie mum. i lived in melbourne for nearly 5 years and i never found an asian grocery that didn't carry it. it's normally a few dollars for a little jar/bottle of it and it will be in the same section with japanese soy sauce and of the things i love about seven-pep is that it's scalable. you can use one shake for a little bit of spice or ten shakes for something more substantial!

  • January 18, 2011
    11:26 am

    Hey d, thanks for that. I live in Melbourne so I guess I will not have trouble finding it after all. Then again, Melbourne is known as the culinary capital of Australia.Aussie Mum

  • January 19, 2011
    12:37 am

    Well now…Miss J you must then head over to the spice counter in Silver Lake…just opened and they have a Chilly for Turkey…that smell like raisins with a smokey little kick…so check it out and let me know what you think…they know there stuff there! CheersMaryalena Salman

  • January 19, 2011
    12:59 am

    All my foodie friends will be in shock that I know of this :)Thanks to you. All the recipes look yummy .. Wonder if it speeds up your metabolism ?

  • January 19, 2011
    1:01 am

    Beautiful!Sharon McConnell Worster