A big challenge I need to face this year is my lack of knowledge about spices.
I honestly don’t know the difference between parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. I have started tasting the spices I am using when I am cooking, but I have a long way to go.
To compensate for my ignorance, my wife was kind enough to buy me an herb wheel.
It is a pretty simple device. You pick a dish that you want to prepare such as shrimp. The wheel lists several spices that work well with the selection you are about to prepare. In this example, cayenne, garlic, parsely, oregano and cilantro are suggested.
The wheel does not give advice on the amount of spice to use or the best way to apply the spices. This would be helpful for me, but the list is a great start.
For $10, it is a good learning device or gift for experienced and inexperienced chefs wanting to spice up their cooking skills.
After I have used the wheel for a few weeks, I will let you know if I change my opinion.
Here is a review of the herb wheel on Youtube.