What went wrong with this marinade?

There were some obvious issues with the recipe (listed cumin seeds as an ingredient, not in the actual recipe, called for orange in the ingredients and then used lemon in the recipe) but this marinade was the worst thing I have ever made. It had cumin seeds, coriander seeds, chili flakes, marjoram, garlic, olive oil and salt and I ground it all in a food processor and tasted like chili flavored soap. Thoughts?

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HalfPint
HalfPint September 21, 2012

Seems to be missing an acid and you might not have had enough salt.

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mensaque
mensaque September 21, 2012

Was the marjoram you used fresh or dried?Cause if it was dried and maybe you had it opened for a while,the "soapyness"could have come from the stale taste of the herb.

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rldougherty
rldougherty September 21, 2012

I think the orange would have added a lot? The recipe said to finish the steak with lemon. Anyways, it hit the trash as I did not have the patience to try and fix it.

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rldougherty
rldougherty September 21, 2012

It was fresh marjoram.

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mensaque
mensaque September 21, 2012

Then I got nothing,sorry!

Reiney
Reiney September 21, 2012

How fresh was the olive oil?

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mensaque
mensaque September 21, 2012

Sarah may be on to something...it might be rancid.

rldougherty
rldougherty September 21, 2012

I just bought it a week or so ago from an imported food store. Hmmm---I am going to give that a taste.

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rldougherty
rldougherty September 21, 2012

Almost positive it is the olive oil! Dang it. I thought i was in the clear buying the imported stuff from Greece.

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