It was a couple of months ago that I found a jar of fennel seeds tucked away in one of my cupboards. I was a little unsure of how to use this spice, so I just started throwing the seeds in with all sorts of stuff. I quickly discovered that I love the taste of fennel seeds and that by adding them to certain dishes, I am rewarded with increased dimension and flavor in an enjoyable, unobtrusive way. Fennel seeds are now regularly on my grocery list because I'm usually zipping through my jar.
I first fell in love with fennel seeds when I decided to add a teaspoon or so to my salad. Scrumptious! Then I thought it'd be groovy to add some to the vegetables that I was sauteing. Great! They add a very lively, while mellow, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. I like to add them both as a raw and a cooked ingredient. Because they are a hearty little seed, I tend to add them to dishes that have some chew, rather than soups or eggs.
It might just be me, but eating fennel seeds makes me feel happy. I often feel like I'm smiling when I'm eating them. I think they have some sort of magic.
Grab a jar and add a few to your favorite dishes. Your food will come alive with fennel seeds' gentle zing!