Portugal: Navigating Sugar, Spices & Cultural Nices
Did anyone watch Tauck's Portugal: Navigating Sugar, Spices & Cultural Nices webinar today? I watched the first half hour but had to leave at the end of the section talking about spices. Did I miss much, was anything special after that?
I knew about the benefits of salt, but found it interesting to learn that, in addition to flavoring, a whole range of spices were used for preservation because the effect on bacteria and fungi (mold, etc.), so travelers of old could reduce eating spoiled meat, etc. FYI, we discovered a non-traditional home use for cinnamon- to keep ants away. We didn't believe it until we tried it. If you lay down a tiny strip of ground cinnamon where you think ants are entering your house, they will not (can not?) cross the cinnamon and will soon disappear. I don't know the science but it works and the cinnamon doesn't go bad nor attract other bugs.