Simple things. Enhanced.
That's how I like to see my everyday flavour palette. Sure on the rare Saturday afternoon I may suddenly get a zest for cooking up something splendid but my day to day food choices are usually very simple. Sometimes it's a cucumber sandwich, sometimes it's simple wonton noodles.
Lately my hit item has been eggs. Soft boiled, just enough so the whites come together but the insides still reveal a smooth golden yolk. Growing up my mother had always made eggs over hard in the frying pan or sometimes steamed into a custard but after a few times with a soft boiled egg, I was hooked. The perfect seasoning? Smoked sea salt.
If you recall, I picked up this small tin of artisan salt by Gustus Vitae over on iHerb a few months ago. The deep smoky Alderwood flavour is reflected in its rich earthy colour and the aroma hits your nose as soon as your open the lid. Naturally smoked and handmade in small batches, this is not only delicious but I found it rather beautiful to look at as well.
With two slices of buttered rye bread in the pan, I'll usually pop an egg in a pot and let it simmer for 4.5 minutes on medium-low after the water boils. Remove it immediately into a bowl of ice cold water. Stacking my toast, I'll then slice the egg right over it and finish with a few sprinkles of smoked salt (just a touch as this is quite salty).
The result is a warm creamy egg in your mouth with just a kick of smokiness, an interesting and delicious contrast of flavour and textures that will probably leave you wondering why you didn't make two.
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A year ago, I thought I was pretty fancy getting introduced to Himalayan Pink Salt but this little tin has really upped the game. In Gustus Vitae gourmet salt range alone there are numerous artisan flavours like green tea, chipotle and sriracha sea salt. I've just ordered the hungarian paprika salt and can't wait to use it in my chicken recipes! Remember that while they will taste delicious either way, these are generally used as finishing salts to add atop cooked and ready to serve dishes but you can also use them while marinating meats. Personally, I think sprinkling a pinch on plated dishes really shows off the colour and texture of these salts as well. Excellent as a gift or hoard them in your own kitchen.
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