My name is Denise and I have an addiction to spices and some sort of spacial evaluation dysfunction where I am unable to translate how much a quantity of spice I am ordering will actually be in real life. I have a free standing wooden cabinet that is five feet tall and about a foot wide and a foot deep in which I keep all the spices. Except that I ran out of room, so I now also have a banker’s box which is full of spices, and a plastic file folder box full of chilies, which are both kept next to the spice cabinet, circled below. Oh, and looking at the picture, I forgot about jars on top of the spice cabinet, and the string of chilies hanging on the side. Oops.
I also have a spreadsheet on my Google Drive which has my spice inventory on it, so that I can keep track of what I have, and can access it on my phone so that I do not buy something I already have while I am out and about. The spreadsheet has 169 items on it.
One day, I believed that I was out of rosemary, which was annoying since I had just received a massive order from Penzey’s Spices not a month before. But since I had just ordered from Penzey’s, I did not have enough items to order to get free shipping. So I looked for other sources with shipping and ending up deciding that it was a good idea to order a pound of rosemary because it was such a good price.
The picture you see above, note the helpful measure tape to show you how big it is in real life, depicts a pound of rosemary. I’m not sure how I’m going to use this much rosemary in my lifetime. What is even more ironic, is that I had forgotten that my friend Mary, the kale whisperer, had put in an order with Penzey’s a couple of weeks after I did, and I had purchased a four ounce bag of rosemary in her order. However, I had forgotten to note it on my spreadsheet and forgotten to mark it off on my to-do list. So I ordered a pound of rosemary, because I thought I didn’t have any, even though I did. So now in addition to the behemoth bag of rosemary above, I also have a four ounce bag kicking around.
We will not speak of the three pounds each of yellow and brown mustard seeds that may have been purchased before the rosemary incident and the two pounds of fennel seed that may have been purchased after. However, if anyone has some ideas for using massive quantities of fennel seed, I’d love to hear them.