Abby and I did something that was so much fun the other week, and I wanted to share a little bit about it with you. We took a spice class with homeschooling friends. Yep, a spice class!
A friend of mine who also homeschools her daughter signed us up for this class in downtown Franklin, TN. The spice shop is new to the historic town square and just the coolest little shop! The night we went they were offering their first class and taught us all about cinnamon and vanilla. Did you know that cinnamon actually is a bark? As in tree barK? We all got to chew on a piece of actual cinnamon bark… whew, it was hot! We saw the difference between the cinnamon that you might buy off of your grocery store shelf and real cinnamon. There was quite a difference! True cinnamon is Ceylon Cinnamon. Most of what you find at the grocery is cassia cinnamon (also called chinese or saigon cinnamon). These come from a different plant altogether. Who knew? And did you know that the shelf life of cinnamon is only six months? How long has your cinnamon been in your spice rack?
Next we learned about different kinds of vanilla: mexican, madagascar, and tahitian. I was amazed at how different these three vanilla pods smelled. The tahitian has a strong orchid aroma (did you know that the vanilla pod is actually the pod from the orchid flower?). The mexican has a more peppery aroma, at least to my nose. The madagascar is very flowery as well. It was so cool to see the inside of a vanilla pod and scrape out the thousands of teeny tiny seeds. They’re called caviar, much tastier than the fish kind.
Savory Spice Shop is such a cool place! They have every spice, salt, pepper, extract or blend that you can think of. The best part is that you can taste everything! If you ask the girls they will tell you that the best part was throwing the extra spices on the floor. Such rebels they are! Here they are tasting the curries…
I was super impressed by the salts that they had! They had an Italian Black Truffle salt that I’m dying to try on some hand cut french fries.
After we learned about the spices they had a spread of foods for us to taste, all made with spices from the shop. There was guacamole, baked brie on crackers made from the Baker’s Brew Coffee Spice, and blondies made with yellow curry! They were so delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had a hard time leaving the snack table.
The flexibility that homeschool allows has been one of the things that we have enjoyed the most so far. We attended this class on a Thursday night and were out until about 10 pm, but that was alright, because I was able to let Abby sleep a little bit later the next morning. What she learned by being able to attend this class was so valuable. She didn’t read about the spices, she touched, smelled, and tasted them for herself, while learning about them. I was so proud of how adventurous she was. She tasted things that I never imagined she would try. The experience really excited her! That will stick with her.
We will definitely be going back to Savory Spice Shop. They have offered to put together a class specifically for our homeschooling girls on pretty much whatever topic we’d like, and these ladies are passionate about what they do. They love what they sell. They live with them and cook with them and they love to talk about them… I love that! You can visit Savory Spice Shop online. Check out their locations and see if there’s one near you! You need to visit if there is, it’s such a lovely shop!