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Old 02-09-2006, 01:08 AM   #1
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Herbs and spices that don't go together?

It's easy to find list after list of herbs and spices which go well together, and with what foods.

But can anyone think of a combination of herbs and spices and/or foods which DOESN'T go well together? Perhaps some traditional no-nos?

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Old 02-09-2006, 02:20 AM   #2
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From my own experience...maybe others have had better luck using different proportions:

Rosemary and Sage
Rosemary and Cilantro
Rosemary and Ginger
Oregano and Cilantro
Fennel and Cumin
Fennel and Paprika

That's all I can think of for now.
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Old 02-09-2006, 08:32 AM   #3
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Good question Daisy, three that into pop to my head are...

Dill and oregano

Cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice and mustard

Cumin and chervil


(Ironchef, I've had good luck with rosemary and sage, especially if the sage is dried but the rosemary is fresh )
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:30 PM   #4
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main rule: to each his own.

But ... IMO ...

Rosemary and sage is traditional for stuffing in poultry (along with thyme). I like them together for this purpose. You also see them togther in some other Italian dishes, but usually with a lot of ingredients so you don't really taste them alone.

Oregano and cilantro are very common to many mexican and s.western dishes. IMO, it's yummy. But again, they are usually combined with other things like cumin and chiles.

Cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice and mustard -- sounds like jerk seasoning!


To me:

Anything and tarragon, just because I don't like tarragon.
Particularly venomous sounding would be: tarragon and cilantro and tarragon and cumin. Also, basil and cumin sounds yukky to me.
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:33 PM   #5
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Old 02-09-2006, 05:00 PM   #6
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main rule: to each his own.

But ... IMO ...

Rosemary and sage is traditional for stuffing in poultry (along with thyme). I like them together for this purpose. You also see them togther in some other Italian dishes, but usually with a lot of ingredients so you don't really taste them alone.

Oregano and cilantro are very common to many mexican and s.western dishes. IMO, it's yummy. But again, they are usually combined with other things like cumin and chiles.

Cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice and mustard -- sounds like jerk seasoning!


To me:

Anything and tarragon, just because I don't like tarragon.
Particularly venomous sounding would be: tarragon and cilantro and tarragon and cumin. Also, basil and cumin sounds yukky to me.
Yeah, combined with other herbs and spices they're fine. But by themselves they don't always have the greatest flavor. Can come out too grassy tasting. Maybe Daisy can clarify what she means.

Daisy, by your question, were you mainly referring to an herb/spice combination on their own, or in dishes that have 3 or more different types? I assume you are talking about the first one because that's when you can really taste the difference.
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Old 11-08-2016, 01:49 AM   #7
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What about Cumin and Paprika?

Has anyone here tried Cumin and Paprika together? How did it come out?
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Old 11-08-2016, 03:10 AM   #8
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Fennel and Cumin, exist in curries and is lovely, just the right balance and it is perfect.
Fennel and Paprika, I couldnt do Goulash with out these two spices and it wonderful and warm if balanced correctly.

The same goes for sage and rosemary, the balance is important.


Lovage and Lavender, saw this in a recipe and they clash to the point of painful , I tried to balance and no. It just taste old.
Saffron and lavender, I guess this would lovely if you like the taste of perfume and old linen closets.

Saffron and licorice root, no no and no again, that is just weird and to avantgarde for me, I have gotten in cheese cake and with beef and no.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:22 AM   #9
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Has anyone here tried Cumin and Paprika together? How did it come out?
Look at the ingredients on most commercial chili powders and you will find both. Lots of BBQ rubs use both, including mine. My, this is an old thread.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:13 PM   #10
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Thanks CakePoet and CraigC! I now look forward to mixing cumin and paprika and perhaps adding just a touch of cayenne! My chicken thanks you too!
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