Spice queen cur­ries favour with food­ies

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Warren Hately

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.

Pic­ture: Warren Hately

Spice mistress Sa­rina Kamini will pop up at the Mar­garet River Farmer's Mar­ket to­mor­row.

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