When I first learned how to make my own organic flavored oils with fresh herbs, spices, edible flowers, and wild foods, about 30 years ago, I was so in love with them I just about stopped using my usual organic sesame and extra virgin olive oils. The first flavored oil I made was basil oil, which I drizzled on salads, soups, and steamed vegetables. Then I began cooking with it, using it to sauté and roast vegetables and even to fry eggs. I added it to sauces and used it as a dip for bread, as well as a marinade for sun-dried tomatoes and grilled eggplant. Continue reading
As a woman who loves to cook for health and pleasure, I think of mixing and matching my organic, local summer harvest with the rich flavor and buttery texture of organic, unrefined, fair trade red palm oil. While there are a long list of healthy fats to use like sesame, virgin olive and coconut oil, I like variety. Also as an artist in the kitchen, the red palm oil adds a beautiful orange hue to the Coconut Curried Red Lentil Soup With Spinach; plus anti-oxidant rich Beta-carotene and Vitamin E.
Its time to eat and cook with organic garlic scapes, the tender flowering tops of growing garlic bulbs. In the fall, we plant garlic cloves, which over winter and miraculously sprout up in the spring. As soon as the garlic shoots up, spirals and flowers, in early summer, we snap them off, which gives us garlic scapes to cook Continue reading