A delicious and delightful all-purpose sauce made with olive oil and the herbs and spices found in everyone’s spice rack. A simple sauce with a simple name, Spice Rack Sauce certainly won’t break the bank, but it most certainly will rock your taste buds!
SPICE RACK SAUCE
Have you ever had one of those nights when you get home from work and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Of course you have! We all have those days when life throws every possible obstacle right smack down in the middle of your path.
STRESS AND FOOD
Sometimes, it’s our jobs that cause such stress, frustration, and anxiety. But, other times, it’s our spouse, or kids, or dare I say it, our extended family. Gasp! Whenever I feel like that, I can usually break it down and determine exactly where it’s stemming from. Shall I share it with you?
Why should I start hiding behind Lord Byron’s Kitchen now? I’ve always been very forthcoming. My personal opinions and thoughts tend to come through in the parables I write in my recipe posts. So, I’ll fess up. As much as city life, particularly Toronto, has to offer, it seems the older I get, the more and more I dislike living in the city. Toronto is a great place to live; don’t get me wrong, but I don’t belong here.
My roots go back to small town living. You know the type of town where you can borrow an egg from your neighbour; the type of town where you can leave your doors unlocked until bedtime; the type of town where you feel secure and safe 100% of the time?
IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE OF SCENERY
I grew up living like that. And, so did John.e. In fact, he spent most of his younger years living on a farm with his parents. So, naturally, we both wish for the return to a small town. More specifically, we want a small farmhouse. It has to be somewhere within reach of the city. But, it has to be far enough that we can’t hear the sirens, or breathe the smog.
The plan is to relocate as soon as McKenna has finished high school. It will also be determined by which university she attends. And, because I’m an overprotective dad, I assure you it will be no more than a few hours driving distance!
Until then, it’s business as usual. We’re up in the morning; take the transit to work; work all day; take the transit back home; make dinner; complete chores; work on Lord Byron’s Kitchen; help with homework; feed the cats, etc. Sounds exciting doesn’t it?
COOKING IS A STRESS RELIEF FOR ME
Wanna know how I push the stress, frustration, and anxiety aside? I eat! I find so much comfort in cooking and baking. And even though those things are fun for me, getting to eat, is much more fun! What about you? Do you love to cook? If it’s not your thing, then surprisingly, this recipe is for you. I call this Spice Rack Sauce, because that’s just what it is!
We all have a spice rack in the kitchen that for the most part goes very unused. Well, now there’s no excuse. You can make this gorgeous and delicious sauce. Toss it with pasta like I’ve done, or you can baste a roast chicken in it. Try scrambling or frying some eggs with Spice Rack Sauce – it’s so good!
Now, you have a delicious meal in front of you. You have spent some quality time spent with your thoughts in the kitchen. Don’t you feel better already? Works every time!!
Spice Rack Sauce
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan. Whisk over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave it on the heat for too long; the dried herbs will burn!
- Use sauce on pasta, chicken, fish, or even baked potato!