The ‘ottoman empire burger’. Hummmm, sounds pretty amazing and fancy schmanzee, huh? Now just how did I get that name. Well, if you explore the ingredients, you’ll understand more! Some of these ingredients, including the spices, date back to long ago, and, yes, maybe even to the Ottoman Empire!
When you talk about the world market of trade, you realize that spices were instrumental in igniting routes and demand. As the Economist explains, the global aspect of the dealer’s trade is nothing new. As far back as 2600BC, there are records of the Egyptians feeding spices obtained from Asia to labourers building the great pyramid of Cheops, to give them strength. Archeological evidence suggests that cloves were quite popular in Syria not long after, despite the fact that, like nutmeg and mace, they came only from the spice islands of what is now Indonesia. Long before the 6th century BC, when Confucius advocated the use of ginger, the Chinese were obtaining spices from the tropics. Europe imported them before Rome was founded.
Yes, spices very well have changed the world forever! A theory, indeed! One thing’s for sure, my Bohemian Bold culinary trademark style would not be what it is without spices! Now if you don’t have Harissa, not to worry, let me show you how to make your very own. It’s just a CLICK away!