I love cooking with my friend MS, The Cuban Spitfire. We have spent many a weekend evenings grinding Indian spices and chopping garlic to make steamy, delicious curry while sipping red wine and laughing about everything and nothing. Although we only lived together for a couple of years, we often speak of the Golden Years at Oddone with much love and nostalgia. A large part of this, was our wonderful tag-team cooking regime. No one knows her way around a kitchen with a jar of capers and fresh lemons better than MS.
This January, en route to New York, she stopped in Rome for a much-too-short visit. She had just spent a brief but glorious vacation in Morocco and returned with a spectacular bag of spices. She tells me she purchased this mix of 13 different spices from a wonderful woman in Marrakech who advised her to use it with steamed fennel, lemon, and olive oil.