Gravlax is one of the easiest preserves in the world to make. Season the fish, cover it in salt and something sweet, and wait for a few days before rinsing well. This recipe elevates it further with a soak in a bath of oil.
You can replace the maple syrup with honey or add black peppercorns to the cure.
Coat salmon in maple syrup before scattering mustard and salt on all sides. Press dried ingredients into fish to coat.
Mix together lemon juice and zest, shallots, bay leaves, and dill to make a cure. Place salmon in snug, thoroughly cleaned container and pour cure over salmon. Seal container tightly, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Thoroughly rinse fish under running water and discard any liquid. Clean container and return fish to it. Cover fish with olive oil, seal container tightly, and refrigerate for another 24 hours.
To serve, cut into thin slices. As your knife nears the skin (which will be thick from curing), turn it away from you to remove skin.
Serve with bagels and cream cheese, or create a wonderful sandwich with aioli. You can also make a salad by chopping some gravlax and mixing it with diced fresh English cucumbers (with the seeds removed), dill, salt, Spanish onions, and a touch of crème fraîche.
This recipe is part of the Why Preserve? collection.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.