Basic Hard-boiled Egg How-to:
I found the onion skin to be the fastest setting dye, followed by red cabbage, beets and then turmeric.
How to Apply Foliage
Before you add your eggs to the dye, get the edible foliage damp and apply it to your egg, then carefully cover the egg and foliage with a clean nylon stocking and secure with rubber bands. The nylons allow the dye to soak through while the foliage is impermeable.
Red Cabbage – Blue Dye
Red cabbage yields a beautiful light blue on white eggs and dark green on brown eggs.
2 cups shredded red cabbage – I noted from experiments that the fresher the better
Water to cover cabbage – distilled or filtered works the best
2 Tbl White Vinegar – helps dye set
Directions. Shred cabbage and place in a saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover cabbage and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out cabbage and let dye cool. Place eggs in dye for at least 30 minutes. To enrich the color you can do multiple dips, letting the eggs dry between dips or allow eggs to sit in dye overnight.
Chickens go crazy for the left over cabbage if you’re looking for a way to use the leftovers.
Red Onion – Brown Dye
Red onion skin yields a rich and earthy brown dye.
2 cups red onion skin
Water to cover onion skins – distilled or filtered works the best
2 Tbl White Vinegar – helps dye set
Directions. Peel off onion skins and place in a saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover and stir to make sure the skins get submersed. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out onion skin and let dye cool. Place eggs in dye for at least 30 minutes. To enrich the color you can do multiple dips, letting the eggs dry between dips or allow eggs to sit in dye overnight.
Try making caramelized onions with the onions you just peeled to make good use of them. You can add the onions as a salad topper along with the chopped beets.
Red Beets – Pink Dye
Red beets yield a light to dark pink depending on how long you soak the eggs
2 cups finely chopped beets – smaller chunks yield a darker dye
Water to cover beets– distilled or filtered works the best
2 Tbl White Vinegar – helps dye set
Directions. Chop beets and place in a saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover and stir to make sure the skins get submersed. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out beets and let dye cool. Place eggs in dye for at least 30 minutes. To enrich the color you can do multiple dips, letting the eggs dry between dips or allow eggs to sit in dye overnight.
Try eating the beets as a salad topper once your done making the dye.
Turmeric – Yellow Dye
Turmeric yields a light yellow color
3 Tbl turmeric powder – smaller chunks yield a darker dye
2 cups water – distilled or filtered works the best
2 Tbl White Vinegar – helps dye set
Directions. Combine turmeric and water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Place eggs in dye for at least 30 minutes. To enrich the color you can do multiple dips, letting the eggs dry between dips or allow eggs to sit in dye overnight.
Some of my favorite deviled eggs recipes are also below:
Fig Balsamic & Bacon Deviled Eggs
4 slices bacon
½ c. mayonnaise
2 tsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp granulated onion
½ tsp Black Mission Fig Aged Balsamic Vinegar
¼ tsp. celery salt
¼ tsp peppercorn mix
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
¼ c. chopped fresh parsley
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled halved lengthwise
¼ c mayonnaise
1 Tbl dijon mustard
½ tsp. Champagne Wine Vinegar
¼ tsp. sea salt
1 Tbl granulated sugar
Sweet Smoked Paprika to garnish
Vinaigrette has a very simple combination of flavors that when combined sets your salad apart. The basics are vinegar, oil, an emulsifier and typically a little salt and pepper. You have some options as you choose an emulsifier, but dijon mustard is a common choice, other options include egg yolks as in Cesar, mayo and honey. With regard to flavor combinations for oil and vinegar, go crazy, try whatever sounds good. Some favorites around here are Walnut Oil with Gravenstein Apple Balsamic, Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Traditional 18-year Age Balsamic and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil with Sicilian Lemon Balsamic.
To make the vinaigrette use these two simple recipes:
Red Wine, Champagne Wine or A Premium White Balsamic (more tart, high acidity vinegar)
3 Tbl vinegar, 1/2 c. oil, dash of salt and pepper, 1 tsp of prepared dijon. Consider adding some garlic and herbs. Liven it up with some curry powder, the options are endless!
Balsamic Vinaigrettes (sweeter, lower acidity)
1/4 c. balsamic, 1/4 c. oil, dash of salt and pepper, 1 tsp of dijon. Consider adding a splash of citrus juice.
4 cups baby arugula
3 medium sized golden beets
2 medium Satsuma Tangerines, 1 peeled and divided in to segments, the other juiced
1 Tablespoon Cranberry Pear White Balsamic
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Robust Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup good quality, crumbled blue cheese, try the Glacier Blue by Cascadia Creamery!
Sea salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup croutons
Preheat the oven to 350. Scrub the beets removing any debris, roots and green parts. Place the beets on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to fully enclose the beets in to a package. Drizzle the beets with a tablespoon of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and 1 tablespoon of water. Seal the package by crimping the foil and roast the beets for 1 hour or until tender when pierced with a knife. Allow to cool and then peel. Cut the beets in to six wedges and set aside.
Just before serving, whisk the tangerine juice with the Cranberry Pear White Balsamic and a pinch of salt. Slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil while whisking constantly to make a vinaigrette. In a large bowl, gently toss the arugula with 1/2 of the vinaigrette and then arrange on a plate or platter. Arrange the tangerine segments, golden beet wedges, and blue cheese over the arugula. Drizzle the rest of the dressing over the top, then add the croutons, and finish with fresh ground pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 generous salad portions
Green cardamom cookies take your average shortbread to the next level. Add in a cute paisley printed pattern and it's a heavenly combination. We've been having fun at the store baking these round cookies up, they are perfect when served with Mumbai Breakfast Black Tea with a little cream and sugar.
When making this recipe, it works best if you allow your dough to chill in slightly thickened sheets with wax paper separating the dough sheets. Sprinkle the rolling pin, dough, and your pastry mat with a little flour to prevent it from sticking and make sure you're always working with chilled dough to get the best results.
Whisk together flour, cardamom, and salt. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in yolk and cream. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches just until a dough forms. If too dry add just a little water. Quarter dough and form each piece into a 6-inch disk, then chill, wrapped separately in plastic wrap, until firm, 2 to 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Roll out 1 piece of dough between sheets of parchment paper into an 11-inch round (1/8 inch thick). Slide dough in parchment onto a tray and chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut out as many cookies as possible with cookie cutter (chill dough again if necessary), reserving and chilling scraps. Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined large baking sheet, arranging them 1 inch apart. Bake until edges are golden-brown, 9 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
We're pleased to announce that we are starting to stock up on Southern Hemisphere Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In our effort to keep the absolute freshest olive oil on our shelves we have sourced new oils crushed in May from Chile. The first to be released is the Chilean Picual, a lovely example of Picual, with notes of tomato leaf and tropical fruit.
We just brought in Aged Espresso Balsamic, yum! We can think of about a million uses for this amazing concoction, but let's start with this treat, a special recipe developed by Rachel Bradley, enjoy!
5 large egg yolks
2/3 cup + 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
16 oz. mascarpone - softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sweet Marsala wine
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
24 lady fingers
3 tablespoons rum
3 tablespoons Arome Espresso Balsamic
1/3 cup ground chocolate
Whisk 1/3 cup of sugar with egg yolks for two minutes until light yellow and tripled in volume. Place the egg yolks in a large heat proof bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Add the Marsala and continue whisking constantly for about five minutes or until the temperature of the mixture reaches 150 degrees on a digital thermometer. Set aside and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, whip the mascarpone and 1/3 cup of sugar with the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the zabaglione (egg yolk mixture) in to the mascarpone mixture. Blend the espresso or coffee with the remaining two tablespoons of sugar, rum and espresso balsamic until the sugar dissolves.
Working with 1 cookie at a time, dipping a total of 8 cookies into the espresso per layer. Arrange the lady fingers in a single layer, side by side with a small amount of room between each, over the bottom of a two to three quart dish. Spoon 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the cookies and gently spread to cover. Sprinkle with ground chocolate. Repeat this process two more times finishing with a layer of mascarpone and ground chocolate on top. Cover the tiramisu with plastic and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
I was grateful for the opportunity to share some Indian food recipes with the gorge at our Taste of India event last night! I enjoyed testing out a variety of chutneys and dishes that I had not previously made and I always enjoy the long, but so worth it process of multi-day yogurt marinades. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of these recipes too!
Indian Food Basics
We went over a few spice and food basics last night, summarized here:
Asafoetida (Hing) Powder - Common in Indian cooking and often paired with turmeric in spice blends, it is widely found in lentil, curry and vegetable dishes in India and is added to balance sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors.
Black Cardamom - The smoky cousin of the green cardamom most are familiar with in Norwegian desserts, coffees and teas. I use this for savory Indian cooking when a little smoky flavor is ideal. Comes in pods or powder.
Black Salt - A sulfurous salt that's actually more pink in color than black. It's used sparingly to add a unique flavor to Indian dishes.
Cumin Seed - know them, toast them and love them.
Curry Leaves - I ordered and grew my own curry leaf tree, kept inside since it's a tropical plant, the flavor of fresh curry leaf is irreplaceable. These plants like a south facing window and don't like being below 60 degrees in my experience. www.logees.com/curry-leaf-murraya-koenigii.html
Naan & papadums - buy at a nearby Indian grocer. I found mine at Baazar in Beaverton.
Grated Cane Jaggery - This is just an unrefined cane sugar that is often sold in a cane shape. In our area latino grocers are pretty common and you can usually find this item there as well, where it is often called Piloncillo.
Garlic & Ginger Paste - see Aloo Matar recipe below.
Chicken Tikka Masala
This dish takes a little effort on the preparation side, but is sooo worth it! It freezes well, so make a big batch and enjoy! I just made a big batch for an overnight rafting trip and it was a hit.
CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
Start at least 1 day in advance
Spice level - Mild
Yogurt - Chicken Marinade
2 tsp. house blended garam masala
5 large garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons freshly ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin seed
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1½ cups full fat yogurt, but not Greek yogurt (I use Nancy's)
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons ghee or butter
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup tomato paste
6 black cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro. 3/4 c for sauce and 1/4 cup for garnish.
Diced hot peppers for garnish if more heat is desired.
To Make Marinade:
Combine marinade spices in a small bowl and set half of spice mixture aside. Whisk yogurt, salt, and half of spice mixture in a medium bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill overnight.
To Make Sauce:
To make the sauce, heat ghee or butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add sliced onion, tomato paste, crushed black cardamom pods, and chili pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
Add tomatoes with juices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until sauce thickens, 8-10 minutes.
Add cream and chopped cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.
Once you have the sauce simmering, preheat your broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack inside sheet. Arrange chicken on rack in a single layer. Broil until chicken starts to blacken in spots (it will not be cooked through), about 10 minutes. Cube chicken into bite-size pieces and add to your sauce along with any remaining marinade and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Garnish with cilantro and diced spicy green peppers if more heat is desired.
This recipe was shared from How To Cook Indian, a book we carry at Arome by Sanjeev Kapoor with the exception of my addition of ghost pepper salt:
A one dish vegetarian meal that's easy to prepare and can be made in a range of spice levels.
2 Tbl vegetable or peanut oil
1 bay leaf - crumbled
1 tsp. cumin seeds
2 medium red onions, chopped
1 1/2 tsp of ginger paste (make in a food processor or buy. Ratio is 7 inches of ginger to 3 Tbl water)
1 1/2 tsp of garlic paste (make in food processor or buy. Ratio is 25 peeled cloves to 1/2 c. water)
1/4 tsp red chile powder (I used Anaheim for this)
4 small russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 oz tomato puree
1 1/4 cup sweet green peas (put these in at the very end)
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. Ghost Pepper salt
2 Tbl finely chopped fresh cilantro
1. Before you begin make sure you have the onions, chopped potatoes and 3 cups of water next to your stove. Place a medium nonstick pan over medium heat and add oil. Once oil is shimmering add in bay leaf and cumin and toast until seeds begin to change color. Quickly add the onion and saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add ginger and garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.
2. Add turmeric, coriander and chili powder, saute for 30 seconds. Stir in potatoes and 3 cups of water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until potatoes are tender.
3. Stir in tomato puree, cover and cook 8 minutes more.
4. Add garam masala and salt, cover and cook for 10 minutes on low.
5. Add sweet peas and cook for an additional 5 minutes on low until peas are tender.
6. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot!
Cilantro & Mint Chutney
I love this spicy, fresh chutney! It's great on papadams or over the top of any number of lentil and masala dishes. Cater the spice level to your preference.
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh spearmint (you can rehydrate 1/4 cup of dried spearmint by soaking it in cold water for at least 10 minutes and then draining, the mouthfeel isn't quite as good, but it gets better the longer the prepared chutney sits before serving. Don't use peppermint here).
2-3 serano chiles, chopped
1/2 tsp. black salt
1/4 tsp grated cane jaggery
1 tsp amchur powder
1/2 lemon, fresh squeezed
First blend the fresh herbs and chiles in a food processor until smooth, then add remaining ingredients. You can add more salt to taste and again I like a little ghost pepper salt here.
Ginger and Tomato Chutney
Try this chutney with fresh bread or papadums! It's best when you get it really smooth in a food processor, so the texture of the onions is eliminated.
1 Tbl peanut oil
1 - 28oz can of diced tomatoes, well drained
3-inch piece of ginger
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 Tbl white sesame seeds
1 Tbl peanuts
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp red chili powder
1 Tbl grated cane jaggery
1/2 tsp ghost pepper salt
1/2 tsp black or brown mustard seeds
10 fresh curry leaves
1. Place a shallow non-stick saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tsp of oil. When the oil is shimmering add in chopped onion, ginger and tomatoes. If you have a pull chopper you can process the onions and ginger really quickly. Stir and cook this for at least 20 minutes or until mixture is homogeneous, don't skimp on the time here, it can take upwards of 30 minutes depending on your stove and pan.
2. Add the following to a food processor and process until smooth: sesame seeds, peanuts, cumin, chili powder, cane jaggery, salt. Set aside.
3. Place a small non-stick pan with a lid handy over medium heat and add another 1 tsp. of oil. When oil is shimmering add in mustard seeds and curry leaves. Hover lid over pan until seeds begin to sputter, mustard seeds will try to escape the pan and fly at your face, so keep that lid over as they heat up to avoid hot mustard in the eye. Add into chutney and stir.
4. Let cool completely and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
For best results get fish dry first. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let sit for about 5 minutes. Add flour to a shallow dredging dish and lightly coat both sides. Add 1 Tbl of Lemon Olive Oil in a frying pan large enough to lay both fillets flat and heat over medium heat until oil glistens, add 1 Tbl of butter and melt.
Add sole to frying pan and cook until golden brown on first side (Approx 3 min). Flip fish gently and fry until second side is golden and fish flakes apart with a fork. Remove sole from pan and set onto a warming plate.
Add 1 Tbl of butter to pan and add minced shallots. Cook over medium heat until soft, about a minute. Add 1/4 dry white wine and scrape up any browned bits. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer until liquid is reduced to about a 1/3 cup (larger dia. pans will evaporate faster than small dia. deeper pans).
Stir in lemon juice, capers and simmer again until sauce is reduced to about a 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 Tbl of butter at a time until sauce is thickened. If you have fresh parsley you can mix in a couple of tablespoons of minced fresh parsley as well.
Serve immediately over a rice (saffron rice if you have it) with a side salad.
I reformulated our taco seasoning using a blend of Pasilla Negra, Ancho and Chipotle Chiles this summer and it works so well in warming bowl of ground beef chili. I doubled this batch and had plenty of leftovers for the week. This recipe comes out on the mild to medium spice level.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
1. Toss beef with 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, and baking soda in bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside for 20 minutes.
2. Chop onion and set aside. Process tomatoes and their juice until a smooth tomato puree, about 30 seconds in a food processor. Set tomato puree aside in a separate bowl.
3. Heat oil in a large oven safe pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add beef and cook, stirring with wooden spoon to break meat up into small pieces, until beef is browned and fond begins to form on pot bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Add taco seasoning and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
4. Add remaining 2 cups water, beans and their liquid, cornmeal and tomato puree. Bring to boil, scraping bottom of pot to loosen any browned bits. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until meat is tender and chili is slightly thickened, 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
5. Remove chili from oven and let stand, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add vinegar, season with salt to taste and stir before serving. Serve with lime wedges and chopped red onion.
It was on my family farm in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley where I developed a love for cooking and the value of good food. Home grown, fresh, vibrant, good food. As an adult I spent my early years as a civil engineer, but came back to my creative side through encouragement from my husband, family and friends and opened Arome in the spring of 2017. The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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