Happy Easter weekend. Hope you got a lot of chocolate if that’s your thing. Weather’s been lovely last few days, but we’re about to enter a short period of cold. Annoying. Mother Nature not cooperating. Plants are cheerful and doing their thing outside, so hoping no frosts overnight. Cleaned front windows, door and courtyard. Feeling virtuous.
Did you know a grouping of wild rabbits is called a ‘fluffle’? I found that out after seeing the first grouping of rabbits this year in a field. It occurred to me that I didn’t know what this conclave was called. So, I looked it up. Made me ridiculously happy.
Anyway, last week, I was thinking about writing about cumin. Then, Portia mentioned its presence in the Byredo Tobacco Mandarin post. So, I guess it was meant to be.
I love cumin for cooking. If at a loss regarding flavouring, my general attitude is ‘throw in some cumin’. I like it in some perfumes as well but not with the same enthusiasm. I guess it depends on the old vs new sweat aspect.
I use cumin in a lot of things. For some reason, Wednesday-Friday (the days I don’t have the hated client) I tend to get work later in the day which means frequently dinner is thrown together quickly. I’ve become adept at quick salsa, guac and Mex style chicken (cinnamon, oregano, ginger, garlic powder [and sometimes more grated garlic], cayenne, salt, pepper and cumin [lots of cumin]) with rice. Easy, quick, very satisfying. I buy a shawarma spice we use a lot that contains cumin, but sometimes something needs even more cumin. You get the picture.
As to cumin in perfumes, as I said I find it can be a mixed bag. When I was looking up cumin in fragrance my beloved Mitsouko popped up. Never knew that.
I’ve loved it in Rochas Femme, where it seems tempered by the fruit but is still very apparent in the refined ponginess of the fragrance. Apparently the newest formulation has a lot of cumin.
It overwhelmed in Diptyque l’Autre, which was less a perfume and more a liquid spice cabinet on the skin. However, I’m still sad I gave away my bottle, as I’m now sure I could have layered it successfully. Something with vanilla …
Apparently it’s in Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur. Sadly, MR is decidedly tame on me. I know lots of people find it utterly animalic but on me … nah. Just a nice, soft skin scent – and I definitely don’t get cumin. Many years ago I did a split of Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan with a US-based friend (lord I miss that bell jar). Now that was a musk with oomph – and there was cumin buried among the rest of the serious down and dirty notes.
A couple of perfumes purported to be a cumin-fests that I haven’t actually smelled are Kenzo Jungle l’Elephant and McQueen Kingdom. I was looking for info on the former and came upon a picture of the bottle with an elephant stopper. Seriously, the bottle is worth buying just for that. Plus, it’s by Dominique Ropion. Fruit, spices, some anise stuff going on. Kingdom is described as amber spicy and none of the notes lists that jumped to the top of my Google search included cumin – even though I’ve read it’s seriously down and dirty.
Finally, Estee Lauder’s Cinnabar popped up. But, according to the Fragrantica list, no cumin. Just cloves and other such things. I sampled Cinnabar decades ago but it didn’t make me go oooh. Still, a fair number of people have said it’s glorious so now I’m wondering about getting ahold of some.
Right. Are you positive or negative on cumin? If it’s the former, in food/perfume or both, and what do you put it in/are your faves?