Apricots are the golden little jewels of the summer season. A simple everyday jam is easily made from ripe apricots and the surprise ingredient, fragrant lemon verbena. Everyday Apricot-Lemon Verbena Jam, a simple little jewel for summer. Continue reading Everyday Apricot-Lemon Verbena Jam
Thank goodness for fresh fruit & vegetable delivery during this confinement. My local delivery from Imperfect Foods included a large portion of dark purple grapes…hum what recipe might work? When in doubt a chutney makes use of fruits with added spices for a punch–Spiced Grape Chutney, for the win. Continue reading Spiced Grape Chutney
It’s citrus season here in Southern California and lemons brighten the way. Here’s a little jewel recipe that preserves the lovely lemon season and introduces a savory way to use yogurt cheese..Please enjoy Yogurt with Herbs & Preserved Lemon, savor the season. Continue reading Yogurt with Herbs & Preserved Lemon
Sometimes, just one small change can yield big results. Begin making your salad dressings from scratch and yield some delicious, healthy results. Lemon Miso Dressing for salad days at Bijouxs.
HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSINGS
A simple change, such as making all your salad dressings from scratch is one that brings delicious results and saves money on your weekly food bill. Another advantage of course, is that the dressings are fresh, made without preservatives and you can control ratios of key ingredients, such as salt and fats. Once I made this change at the beginning of my cooking journey, I never looked back.
Salads play a regular part of most home cook’s weekly menus. Their freshness plays well along side dinner entrees and they often may be the mainstay at lunchtime, either at home or to work. With your homemade dressings at-the-ready, it’s easy to keep salads fresh and interesting, and it’s a simple change.
Once a week, usually on Sunday, I make up two salad dressings for the week. I make smallish quantities, about a cup of each just enough to be used that week, ensuring freshness and variety. A simple splash of lemon & olive oil is always an additional option for salads, variety is the key.
LEMON MISO DRESSING
A basic dressing, like Lemon Miso Dressing, plays well with a variety of greens, here I picked up some Lamb Quarters lettuce at the farmers market. For lunch, I include crisp raw vegetables and some protein and lunch is served.
The savings realized by crafting your own salad dressings affords the opportunity to sample some wonderful oils and vinegars. I like to splurge and have one nut oil, such as walnut or hazelnut, in the pantry and a really good Champagne vinegar, such as Vilux, which is a versatile and delicious salad basic. A great everyday olive oil and a basic red wine vinegar round out the salad pantry.
Be inspired. Perform a little kitchen alchemy to create a lovely jar of your own harissa, the spicy, rich and versatile condiment that instantly adds a taste of Morocco – a little jewel to add flavor magic in your kitchen. Continue reading Harissa