The Grimoire

Our grimoire is our blog. It represents our universe where you will find in-depth articles and recipes.

The articles: A dive each time into the fascinating world of spices from all its angles (historical, botanical, sometimes chemical and of course culinary). Each article is written entirely by Max.

Recipes: Recipes from our chefs, those from our local partner Recettes & Cabas, from our blogger friends, and simply from our friends!

A fine, delicious dessert made by Victoire.
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A recipe suggested by our partner recettesetcabas.com
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Sweet potatoes stuffed with chickpeas

Posted on 26/10/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe suggested by our partner recettesetcabas.com
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The origin and history of gingerbread
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Indian-inspired venison stew

Posted on 18/10/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
An original version of game, prepared and cooked with spices.
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Four-spice and five-spice blends are readily available on the market. Of course, you can also make your own. There is often confusion about these two very different blends.
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Rice croquettes with garam masala and coriander

Posted on 11/10/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
Here is a very simple recipe to make and sapped!
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Cardamom, queen of spices. Origin and use
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Mint chutney, the benchmark for chutneys

Posted on 11/10/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
Mint chutney (Pudinha chatni ) is the benchmark for chutneys. This little green sauce is sometimes served in Indian restaurants. A quick and delicious recipe!
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Butter Chicken

Posted on 04/10/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A tasty dish where the chicken is marinated, and then cooked in a tomato sauce and of course full of spices!
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Shrimp achar

Posted on 28/09/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
This releasing (condiment) is one of the best I know. Very simple to make and oh how exquisite!
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Turmeric, a spice with multiple properties? An ancient spice, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is appreciated for its aromatic roots which are dried then reduced to powder. Turmeric is used in the composition of many spice blends including curry and gives this fabulous yellow-gold color to your dishes. But turmeric is also recognized for its therapeutic virtues: In fact, the traditional medicines of part of the Asia (notably China, India, Thailand) use turmeric ancestrally as a liver stimulant, against gastric acidity and other digestive disorders. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is frequently prescribed to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis or tendonitis. For the last 50 years...
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Chickpea Curry (dahl)

Posted on 16/09/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
Here is a vegetarian curry: a chickpea curry.
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Apple chutney, a little delight

Posted on 06/09/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
This chutney (acidic, salty, sweet) of apples is a real delight. A sudden mixture of spices, acidity, sweet on a bed of apples.
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Indian Five Spices

Posted on 06/09/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
An Indian version of the five-epices
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Raïta

Posted on 30/08/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
Raïta is a sauce (or salad) that comes from India, based on yogurt and vegetables. It provides a freshness of spicy dishes and softens, if necessary, the spice of certain spices.
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Indian Inspired Lamb Curry

Posted on 25/08/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
Here is a particularly spicy (but not spicy) lamb curry and frankly recalling Indian cuisine
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Garam Masala

Posted on 25/08/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
In the Hindi language, Garam means "hot" and Masala "spice mixture". There are as many versions of Garam Masala as there are families in India. This type of mixture has gone around the world and influences many kitchens. Here is a particularly interesting and fragrant version.
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How to choose quality spices?

Posted on 20/07/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
What is the quality of a spice? How to choose your spices on the Internet? at the store? travelling?
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Standards to qualify it and fight fraud: Since 1993 there are ISO standards that have contributed to fighting fraud and helps to recognize quality saffron producers. Saffron is considered pure when it complies with the requirements set in ISO 3632 standard and no material has been added to the natural product.
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Saffron, the spice of superlatives

Posted on 19/05/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
Saffron is one of the oldest cultivated spices. It is the most expensive spice in the world, it is also the most expensive food. It is the most falsified spice too. How to recognize real saffron? How to use it? How to cook it? Where does the saffron come from?
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Lentil curry with candied peppers

Posted on 03/05/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.comsimple and quick to make, this is a complete vegetarian dish but rich in protein because the rice combination with legumes (red beans, broken pea, chickpeas or as here with lenses,) is frequently Used by vegetarians and vegans: this allows you to have a significant protein intake with all the amino acids necessary for the body.
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Cinnamon Apple Gourmet Turnovers

Posted on 03/05/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com With its bewitching fragrance, cinnamon is surely one of the best known spices in the world, whether in cooking or in traditional medicine, notably Ayurvedic. Of course, it is completely optional in this recipe! This is a traditional snack in France, which we buy from the baker-pastry chef but that we rarely cook at home. Success obviously is due in the quality of the puff pastry ...
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Sichuan pepper

Posted on 13/04/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
Sichuan's pepper has been cultivated since Antiquity in the eponymous province in China. It is a mountainous region where Sichuan's pepper acclimatizes very well, even high altitudes (1500m). This small purple red bay is harvested in the fall to remove that the shell (the black seed inside brings bitterness).
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Salad, Salary, a story of salt

Posted on 09/04/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
Salt remains an essential and essential element in our lives. We have been using it since time immemorial. For our health, it makes it possible to maintain correct blood pressure and prevents disorders linked to an insufficient concentration of salt in the blood as it is seen in certain cases of dehydration. The minimum physiological need is around 2G/d. The iodine contained in sea salt is also vital for our metabolism. Iodine deficiency is associated with severe disorders; Inhibiting growth until you can cause mental disorders. The term Rottin was first a medical term in the 19th century designating people affected by these disorders. Cretinism disappeared from 1920 when iodine was systematically added the kitchen salts. We now have the Terure Cretin used to designate stupidity.
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Without: nothing but the spice

Posted on 29/03/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
It's simple: in our spices, there are only spices, nothing else. The spices come from plants (fruits, seeds, pistils, bark, root, rhizomes, flowers, akene, etc.), they are therefore in essence natural. We respect this nature without disguising it.
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Recettes & Cabas

Posted on 18/03/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
We are proud to announce our collaboration with Recipe & Cabasse, a local company located in Lyon. Regularly Recipe & Cabasas offer us their recipe that you will find in our grimoire https://maxdaumin.com/le-griMoire and regularly on our social networks (Facebook, Instagram)
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A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com
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A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com
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Chickpeas roasted with Madagascar pepper and cumin

Posted on 17/03/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A healthy and crisp snack, ideal for the aperitif!
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Chickpea casserole with chorizo

Posted on 11/02/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com
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Tahitensis vanilla (vanilla tahitensis) prized by the great chefs is a different botanical variety of bourbon vanilla (vanilla planifolia). It is a remarkable vanilla. Essentially cultivated in the Pacific, the Tahitensis vanilla is found in French Polynesia in the islands Under the wind (Raiatea, Tahaa, Huaninée) and Wind Islands (Tahiti).
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A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com
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Lentil and sweet potato curry

Posted on 15/01/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com
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Fish balls with spices

Posted on 15/01/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetcabas.com
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A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetCabas.coms you like coconut milk, you can put more and decrease the amount of water. Avoid a very refined velouté, full of flavors, you can of course adapt the ingredients like ginger , the cumin ... according to your tastes. The sweet potato is not related to the potato, despite its name. Very rich in pro-vitamin A (or beta-carotene), it also provides long-term energy, thanks to the starch it contains.
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Mexican One-Pan-Quinoa

Posted on 15/01/21 by  Max Daumin     Recipes
A recipe offered by our partner RecipeSetCabas.comthe a recipe very easy to make and which is a complete and healthy dish. As in the "one pot pasta", everything cooked together and the quinoa is perfect after cooking. Very practical because it requires little preparation, ideal for an evening meal! You can replace the cumin with a mixture of spices in Chile that is in the trade.
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Fire spices: Why does it sting?

Posted on 13/01/21 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
Among all the spices that are found worldwide, a minority brings a more or less intense feeling of spice depending on the spice. These spices that bring heat and spice can be classified in what is called fireplace. It will be found there on peppers, peppers but also ginger, mustard, wasabi for the best known!
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In France coexist two names the Timur and the Timut. But are these the same products?
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Use, conservation, vanilla cooking

Posted on 05/11/20 by  Max Daumin     Articles by Max Daumin
How to keep vanilla? How to use it?
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