A follower of TheArmenianKitchen.com wrote that she lives in Mississippi and has an Armenian exchange student living with her family.
In an attempt to make the student feel at home, she went on-line to find Armenian recipes - that’s when she found us. Her biggest concern is that she can’t find certain spices where she lives, so she asked for our help.
Here’s what I suggested: Armenian cooking is really very simple. If you’re having trouble finding a certain spice - such as allspice - simply omit it. If you’d like to try to recreate the essence of allspice, try combining equal parts of ground cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, with a dash of ground black pepper.
Salt and pepper always work.
Try the Fassoulia recipe without the allspice; it will be just as comforting and delicious .I’m sure your exchange student will appreciate any effort on your part to make her feel “at home."
If you have any other questions, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: I’m glad you found the blog, too! If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear about your exchange student and you. Thanks!
PSS: If there’s a Super Wal-Mart or Super Target in the community, they generally carry a good assortment of spices.