Spice queen curries favour with foodies
While the region’s flooded with foodies playing spot-the-celebrity this weekend, local spice mistress Sarina Kamini will cook up a storm at the Margaret River Farmers Market.
In the first of planned monthly appearances, the part-Indian cook and author will demonstrate working with spices and using local produce in her pop-up kitchen.
“Understanding how to balance aromatics is the very basis of all cooking, no matter the culture or culinary history,” Kamini said.
“Satiety occurs in the mouth and not in the stomach. The more flavour you can pack in a mouthful, the more pleasure in the meal and the quicker that sensation of
feeling replete and well fed.”
The cook said her culinary philosophy was also how she treated her health.
“Eat whatever you like, just make it fresh and make it tasty and be liberal and thoughtful with your use of spice and herbs and fats and oils, and neither will you ever be bored nor bloated,” she said.
Farmer’s market co-ordinator Katrina Lombardo said she was motivated by Kamini’s passion and deep understanding of food.
“I think the regular monthly demonstrations will add another dimension to the market (and) inspire people to be more adaptive to seasonal cooking,” she said.
“It’s one of the farmer’s market’s ambitions, to educate the community about seasonality and utilising seasonal foods instead of cooking their various staples that require out-of-season ingredients that may have travelled from the other side of the world to reach the supermarket shelves.”
Future months would also feature the cook touring the market and outlining seasonal choices and options. “I think the community and tourists alike will love the experience,” Ms Lombardo said.
Kamini recently launched a weekly spice column on SBS Food Online under her nom de cuisine as The Spice Mistress.
Spice mistress Sarina Kamini will pop up at the Margaret River Farmer's Market tomorrow.