Cilantro Lime Crema
Use this easy and quick lime crema to add flavor to tacos, tostadas, nachos or drizzle it over a bowl of tortilla or black bean soup. During the warmer months I keep a small jar of it on hand to add a cooling (although you could make it ‘hot’) jolt of flavor. Dairy products will soften the heat of spicy foods.
I only used a tablespoon of finely minced jalapeno but feel free to add more if heat is your thing.
- juice and zest of 2 limes
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1/4 cup of finely minced cilantro
- 1 tablespoon of finely minced jalapeno (or more to taste)
- pinch of kosher salt
- In a small bowl whisk together all the ingredients, saving a few zests of the lime and cilantro leaves to garnish.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
That’s all there is to it. It will keep a few days in the fridge, thickening slightly.
I bet the folks over at Fiesta Friday would find this useful. It’s Fiesta Friday #438, a virtual (can you believe how many things are still virtual!?) blogging party that predates Covid. Angie hosts the party. Click on the link to find ideas for celebrating the 4th, decorating your home, or keeping the kids busy with crafts now that school is out.
Pickled Mustard Seeds
I first heard of pickled mustard seeds in the cookbook “66 Square Feet” by Marie Vijoen. She writes a blog by the same name and lives in New York City. It’s a great cookbook and an interesting blog; I’d love to go on one of her food foraging walks in the NY area.
Since then they seem to be everywhere. I had them sprinkled on a salad with beets and goat cheese, as an ingredient in a mustard seed sauce for BBQ, and on a meatloaf sandwich. They are pungent with a tangy mustard flavor and a pop as you bit into them; surprisingly, they are not particularly hot. Lastly they are strangely addictive, you will find lots of uses once you make them.
The original recipe came from David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant. (I understand he copied it from his time at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, Craft.) We all copy each other don’t we? I get ideas from every blog and cookbook I read. There is a stack of cookbooks and books about food by my bed, ready for middle of the night reading. I can read a cookbook the way other people read novels, mentally tasting my way through every page.
I plan to use these as a condiment with slow cooked beef stew tomorrow night. We have friends coming over for a mid-week dinner and I want to make things easy for myself. It is impressive but couldn’t be easier!
Pickled Mustard Seeds
mustard seeds simmering
- 1 cup of yellow mustard seeds
- 1 cup of rice wine vinegar (plain not flavored)
- ¾ cup of water
- ¾ cup of mirin
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Combine everything in a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to simmer and cook 1 hour.
- Add more water if needed to keep them moist.
- Cool and pour into a container. They will thicken as they cool.
This will keep for several months in the fridge.