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Oct 25, 2020
Episode 13 - Super - Hot PeppersOctober 25, 2020
Reuben is joined by special guests Brent and Kenny for a discussion of super-hot peppers. The episode starts with a definition of super-hot peppers, goes through the fairly short history of super-hots, then pauses for the first remote tasting on The Spicecast before proceeding with a segment on uses for super-hot peppers before finishing with a conversation on super-hot peppers in pop culture. Credits: Cover Art - "Red hot pepper with fire vector" by freedesignfile (CC-BY) Music - "Running Out"...
Sep 27, 2020
Episode 12 - GingerSeptember 27, 2020
Content warning: This episode of The Spicecast contains adult language and may not be suitable for children. Reuben is joined by special guests (and redheads) Heidi and Ashley for a long conversation about ginger. The show begins with a discussion of red hair and society, then continues with what ginger is, culinary uses for ginger, and the history of ginger before diving into medicinal uses for ginger, more talk about redheaded people, and finally a lengthy segment on ginger in pop culture and...
Aug 30, 2020
Episode 11 - CorianderAugust 30, 2020
Reuben is joined by special guests Kaylee and Dee to talk about coriander seeds. The episode begins by discussing what coriander is and some of its most common uses in cooking, then goes into the history of coriander. Later in the show, we discuss medicinal uses for coriander and references to coriander in pop culture. Credits: Cover Art - "Red hot pepper with fire vector" by freedesignfile (CC-BY) Music - "Running Out" by Patrick Patrikios (CC0)
Jul 26, 2020
Episode 10 - GarlicJuly 26, 2020
"Live your dreams, eat your garlic" - Ancient proverb Reuben is joined by special guests Layne and Sophie to talk about garlic. Though garlic is technically a vegetable, it is commonly used like a spice, so The Spicecast is covering it in this episode. The episode begins by discussing what garlic is and the many types of garlic that are grown worldwide, then ventures into common culinary uses for garlic and the history of garlic. The second half of the show features traditional and modern...
Jun 28, 2020
Episode 9 - Jamaican SpicesJune 28, 2020
Black lives matter, now and always. Since long before the murder of George Floyd late last month, black people in the United States have been systemically marginalized, oppressed, and killed by white people in positions of power. The act of murder that was committed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020 is the direct result of the white supremacy that continues to pervade our government, society, and country as a whole. The insane lack of accountability that police officers have...
May 31, 2020
Episode 8 - TurmericMay 31, 2020
Reuben is joined by special guests Justin and Lishan to talk about turmeric. The episode dives into what turmeric is and its history before a long segment on the medicinal uses of turmeric and a very short one on turmeric in pop culture. We also hear about the turmeric tasting that Lishan ran for her coworkers and share a number of fun facts and semi-relevant tangents. Lots of links this episode: Shafa Blends (local spice company in MD, USA) - https://www.shafablends.com/ Burlap & Barrel -...
Apr 26, 2020
Episode 7 - CuminApril 26, 2020
Content warning: This episode of The Spicecast contains adult language and themes and may not be suitable for children. Reuben is joined by special guests Dee and Chris to talk about cumin. The episode distinguishes between common cumin and various species of black cumin, delves into the history of cumin, discusses the medical uses of cumin and black cumin (nigella sativa), and features a brief segment on cumin in pop culture. Chef John's Chicken Tikka Masala recipe:...
Mar 29, 2020
Episode 6 - CoronavirusMarch 29, 2020
Reuben is joined by special guests Stephen and Natasha in an unusual episode of The Spicecast, one not focused on a particular spice. This is because, due to COVID-19, the speakers could not all be in the same place during the episode, and so could not taste spices and foods together. The episode talks about The Spice from the Dune Series, gives a hypothesis on whether coffee is a spice (and whether a cappuccino is a milkshake), assigns spices to The Spice Girls based on their names, includes a...
Feb 23, 2020
Episode 5 - Black PepperFebruary 23, 2020
Reuben is joined by special guests Leanne and Aaron to talk about black pepper (and a few other peppercorns). The episode goes into different varieties of peppercorns, including black, white, green, pink, and Szechuan. It discusses the long and storied history of black pepper, takes a break from conversation for an extended tasting of peppercorns and pepper-flavored snacks, and includes brief segments on medicinal uses for pepper and pepper in pop culture. Special thanks to Andrew (Episode 3 -...
Jan 26, 2020
Episode 4 - NutmegJanuary 26, 2020
Reuben is joined by special guests Stephen and Nathan to talk about nutmeg. The episode defines nutmeg (and its sister spice, mace), then elaborates on the bloody history of nutmeg, includes a mace and nutmeg tasting, and ends with references to nutmeg and mace in pop culture. Armenian Nutmeg Cake recipe: https://www.food.com/recipe/armenian-nutmeg-cake-62761 Basic Bechamel Sauce recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/139987/basic-bechamel-sauce/ Credits: Cover Art - "Red hot pepper with...