January 13, 2015

BRULEED POMELOS WITH HONEY + NUTMEG

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  I don't know about you guys, but every time the New Year comes around I'm so grateful for the citrus bounty. What better way to bring brightness to winter than cutting open a Meyer lemon, Ruby Red grapefruit, juicy little Kishu, or sumptuous blood orange?

These past few weeks, we've been downing citrus like we're in a heavy battle against scurvy. While I'm always happy to devour citrus in its unadorned natural state, I've been having fun caramelizing the fruit under the broiler. I've played around with a bunch of tasty flavor combos, but my favorite of the moment is pomelo slathered in honey, topped with a sprinkling of fresh nutmeg. I think this simple treat would make a delicious partner to so many breakfasts and brunches - from eggs and bacon to a hearty bowl of oatmeal.

I hope the new year is treating you well so far. Here's to a delicious 2015!
xoxo
E

BRULEED POMELOS WITH HONEY + NUTMEG serves 4
  • 2 ripe pomelos (Ruby Red grapefruits would make a nice substitute)
  • 4 heaping teaspoons honey
  • freshly grated nutmeg (please please grate whole nutmeg yourself with a microplaner - the freshly grated spice is so much more aromatic than the pre-ground variety) - keep in mind... if you're not a fan of nutmeg, you could use cinnamon instead
Slice pomelos in half. (I suggest cutting a slice off the bottom of each half so that the pomelos will stay stable with a nice flat surface.)

Crank up your broiler.

Place pomelo halves on a baking sheet, face up. Slather a heaping spoonful of honey onto the flesh of each pomelo.

Place pomelos under the broiler until the tops are bubbling and the pith turns golden brown. (This takes about 5 minutes with my broiler.) Pull the tray from the broiler and immediately grate nutmeg over the pomelos - it will happily blend with the warm honey and juicy citrus.

Serve warm.






December 10, 2014

FRESH GINGER TEA



I thought about sharing a decadent holiday recipe with you today. After all, this is the time of year for indulgences like Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Flaky Sea Salt, Bourbon Braised Short Ribs with Brown Sugar and Coffee, Parmesan Polenta with Garlicky Rapini and Black Olives, and Quick and Easy Peppermint Bark. In the midst of the abundance of decadent fare, I wanted to share something soothing, a simple tool to care for yourself and your loved ones this time of year. (Don't get me wrong, I'm a supporter of holiday indulgence. In fact, if these festive holiday recipes are what you're craving, my cookbook has all of these recipes and more.)

If you feel a little chilled, have a scratchy throat, or harbor a funky belly needing a break from holiday gluttony, nothing soothes like Fresh Ginger Tea with a heaping spoon of honey and a good squeeze of lemon. I'm guessing we could all use a simple treat for ourselves this time of year, an easy quiet moment to catch our breath in the midst of holiday shopping, parties, and crowds.

Happiest of holidays to you all!
xoxo
E






INGREDIENTS
  • 2 ounce nub of fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  • honey
  • 1-2 lemons
Peel your ginger then give the peeled ginger a quick whack with a mallet or the flat side of a heavy chef's knife to crush the root a bit, which will allow the flavors to release more easily in the hot water.

Place the crushed ginger in a medium saute pan with 4 cups cool tap water. Bring the water to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce heat to achieve a gentle simmer. Set your timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes of simmering you should have a flavorful ginger tea that's strong enough to have a nice spicy kick at the back of throat. (If you like your tea even stronger, feel free to let it steep longer.)

Pour the hot tea through a strainer into individual tea cups. Add a heaping scoop of honey ( maybe even a tablespoon or so) to each cup along with the juice of half a lemon. Stir to blend all ingredients and taste for seasoning. Add a little more honey or lemon to your liking and if the tea is a bit strong for you, you can always add a splash of hot water.

Whatever tea you don't drink right away can be stored in a jar in the fridge. I suggest storing strained ginger tea without the honey and lemon added. When you reheat the tea, add the honey and lemon just before serving.

Serves 2-3


November 12, 2014

MASSAGED KALE WITH POMEGRANATE, PERSIMMON, AND PISTACHIO




I LOVE this salad! I know. I know. Some of you glance a kale recipe and roll your eyes. I get it, we've seen A LOT of kale action over these past few years, but the truth is I'm not done with kale (and I have a feeling I'm not the only diehard fan out there). Plus this salad is so darned good I had to share it here today, even kale skeptics could fall for this one.

If you haven't massaged kale before, really, you should give it a go. Massaging dressing into the leaves transforms hearty, fibrous kale into green goodness that's almost unrecognizably silky and tender (plus you get a little workout). For me, raw kale is totally unpalatable, but massaged kale is heavenly - it's a totally different beast - and a delicious beast at that.

The base recipe for this salad (one of my favorite recipes in my cookbook) is always the same - I think the secret to the dressing lies in the splash of maple syrup, which brings a sweetness that tempers the kale's bitter bite. After dressing the leaves, I always add a few layers of texture, flavor and color. I like pistachios here for crunch (and I think toasted hazelnuts or marcona almonds would be equally delish). In my book, I call for kumquats and dried cranberries, but this time of year I can't resist tossing in my two seasonal obsessions of the moment - pomegranates and fuyu persimmons. They make such delicious companions to the tender kale and help the whole dish feel festively appropriate for the holiday season. I can totally see this dish as a fresh addition to the Thanksgiving table.

One last thing to keep in mind about this salad.... it holds up shockingly well. You can make a batch of massaged kale and eat it hours later or even the next day. Convenient, right?

Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings. Savor that time with your loved ones.

xoxo
E


INGREDIENTS  adapted from Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes from a {Gluten-Free} Omnivore
  • 2 large bunches kale, lacinato or red are great here
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 firm, but ripe, Fuyu persimmons, peeled and sliced into thin wedges, then cut in half
  • 1/3 cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped, roasted and salted pistachios
After washing and thoroughly drying your kale, discard the tough ribs, then tear or chop leaves into smallish pieces. Set aside.

In the meantime, whisk together maple syrup, lemon juice, olive oil and salt in a large salad bowl. Add prepped leaves to the bowl and massage that dressing into the leaves. Don't be shy... really go for it. Massaging the leaves for 3-5 minutes will render the leaves nice and tender. Taste as you go to experience the transformation.

When you're done massaging, taste the salad for seasoning, adding additional lemon juice, salt or maple syrup to your liking.

Enjoy.



serves 6-8 as a small side

P.S. The beautiful black cutting boards in this post were a gift from my buddies at Blackcreek Mercantile. (Thank you Josh and Kelly!) Local folks, run, don't walk to March where you can drool over Blackcreek's stunning new collection of boards, cooking tools, and the perfect step stool.  

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