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Spice Mixes Around The World That Make Dishes Taste Even More Special

Posted by Ron Brewer on

A dish taste even more special because of the mixed of spices used in it. There are many things to say about a meal from the spice mix itself. Spices have also been part of culture so you can get a clue to the cook’s background or where the recipe comes from. Adding spices can boost the flavor, making any dish taste more distinguished than the others. Hence, in so many different cuisine, the use of spice mix does matter. 

Chinese Five Spice

Popular and iconic spice mixes around the world

Whether or not you know what is inside a dish, the spice mix tells you a story. Spice mixes also consist of different ingredients and proportions. And here are some of the most unique and flavorful spice mixes often used in variety of dishes around the world:

Cajun spice

The main ingredients of this spice mix includes garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, black pepper, oregano, paprika, thyme, and red pepper flakes. This is a well-known spice mix often used in New Orleans and Louisiana for their wide selections of delicious dishes. This spice mix is actually good for any type of dish. It can be compatible with almost everything from slow-cooked barbecue to vegetables, to fish. Also, this spice mix doesn’t use tomato.

Chinese Five Spice

Chinese cuisine is already a favorite of many people all over the world. There are so many distinguished Chinese dishes that have become everyone’s favorite. And one of the most important factors that plays into their popularity is the spice mix. Chinese five spice consists of Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel, star anise, and cloves. This is such a versatile spice mix to be paired with almost every Chinese dish. It can be added with any other spices too to enrich the flavor. It can be used for marinades, meats, and stews.

Chili powder

This is such a popular spice mix almost everyone love. It consists of Cayenne, paprika, chipotle powder, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, oregano, and salt. This spice mix is not to be mistaken as chile powder because the two are different. Chile powder is dried chiles crushed into powder. Meanwhile, chili powder is a mix of powdered chiles and various spices. Chili powder is most popular in Mexican cuisines. However, it has become so popular because it is also versatile to be added into any type of savory dishes. 

Curry powder

Curry is one of the most iconic foods in the world and there is wide variety of it from all over the world. The thing that makes curry a curry is the curry powder. This special spice mix consists of turmeric, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, ginger, coriander, lemongrass, kaffir lime, cinnamon, anise, fennel, mustard seed, fenugreek, cardamom, cloves, and mace. Curry powder can be varied depending on where it comes from. For example, Indian curry powder are a bit different from Jamaican curry powder. Not to mention that the curry dish itself is varied not only from the star ingredients but also the spice mix base.

Home Improvement/Home Interior and Designs

Bali Architecture Villa Integrates with Modern Style

Posted by Ron Brewer on

The diversity of amazingly beautiful, comfortable, and functional architecture in Indonesia is shaped by the country’s unique cultural richness in harmony with nature. This is similar to the Bali architecture. Bali architecture is a representation of richness and distinctiveness, which is frequently combined with modern style. So, how do you blend Balinese architecture with modern design in your home and villa?

Bali Architecture Villa Integrates with Modern Style

Philosophy of Bali Architecture

Beginning with the organization of space from the gate to the layout of the space. As well as the carving details, Bali architecture is heavily influenced by Hindu elements. In general, Balinese architecture is based on seven philosophies.

  • Tri Hata Karana: establishes harmony and balance among the three elements of life: human (atma), nature (angga), and gods (khaya).
  • Space and zoning rules for the Tri Mandala
  • Sanga Mandala: a set of directional spatial and zoning rules.
  • Tri Angga: concepts or hierarchies that exist between various realms
  • Tri Loka: akin to Tri Angga but of a different nature.
  • Asta Kosala Kosali: 8 architectural design principles for symbols, temples, stages, and measurement units
  • Arga Segara: sacred axis connecting mountains and sea

Bali Architecture Characteristics

Nature’s Harmony

The concept of harmony with nature becomes the fundamental character and identity of Bali architecture. The use of natural stone materials, wood carvings, and bamboo contribute to this harmony. This natural material is expected to promote harmony between humans and the environment, as well as between humans and the Creator. 

Natural stone as the floor of the sitting area, a banana tree fan as a point of interest in the rear garden, and the use of a small plant to give the impression of simplicity and minimalist modern concepts can all be used to create harmony with nature. The number and rows of wooden chairs are purposefully designed to demonstrate the harmony of togetherness with fellow humans, who both face the garden to admire the beauty of God’s creation, the garden and the sky.

Stone and wood carving

Majapahit Hinduism has influenced Balinese carving. Originally placed in a place of worship, the unique sculpture evolved into an architectural style that is identical to Bali.

Excellent Space Zoning

The application of Tri Angga’s philosophy with three levels, namely the Utama, Madya, and Nista, results in the balance of spatial distribution.

The modern concept of Tri Angga has shifted into public, semi-public, and private spaces. This concept can be implemented by designating the yard as a public space, and the terrace between the courtyard and the bedroom as a semi-public area. And long wooden chairs at the foot of the bed as a barrier between semi-public and private areas.

Furthermore, the wooden-framed ceiling, a feature of Balinese architecture, blends harmoniously with the modern open-plan style while still displaying a neat zoning between the living room and dining room.

Not only is there zoning a neat space in the interior, but this neatness is visible from the gate. A road serves as a public space, a staircase serves as a semi-public space, and a gate serves as a signal to enter a more private space.

Balinese Architecture’s Major Features

Excellent Ventilation System For good air circulation, Balinese architecture uses large windows or space between the roof and the walls of the building. For example, you could design a bedroom with a wall covered in carvings on the head of the bed and a large window overlooking a small garden. The bathroom, as a private space that requires proper ventilation, was purposefully designed without a roof and with bamboo as a protective barrier. Natural stone is used to make the floor less slippery and to represent harmony with the tropical environment.

Solid Foundation

Tri Loka’s philosophy considers the home to be a human body with strong feet. Even tropical contemporary modern style can clearly show the structure of Balinese architecture buildings. The exposed structural poles represent human bones, which help to strengthen the structure. The head appears as a ceiling that attaches to the roof, exposing the wooden rafters and batten as strength and aesthetic elements that demonstrate the beauty of simplicity.

Large Yard

Harmony with nature necessitates a large enough yard to communicate with the natural surroundings. Trees with distinct trunks contrast beautifully with concrete road patterns interspersed with grass and huts, as well as a dumb bale of wood.

In Balinese architecture, the wall serves a spiritual purpose in addition to providing security and privacy from the outside. A high wall is thought to be spiritually capable of repelling black magic and evil spirits. The shape of a box made of natural stone decorated with palm trees, banana trees, and rows of decorative bamboo on the entrance wall can be tried in combining Balinese house architecture with a modern style. Before entering the main door, the concrete block road pattern was purposefully designed to be in the middle of a pond with a water philosophy that cleansed all evil elements and flanked by natural stone walls as its guards.

The goal of both traditional and modern architectural styles is to provide functional comfort for human users. Both combine the beauty of architecture with the beauty of functional elements. As a result, combining Balinese or other traditional architecture with a modern style is not difficult. Again, the architect’s knowledge, expertise, and dedication can address all challenges associated with integrating various architectural styles.