Thursday
Jan172013

Deep Fried Sriracha Eggs with Remoulade

 

Sriracha, nectar of the gods.

It is a vinegary, spicy, red pepper delicacy (also known as rooster sauce), that I usually toss into, oh everything. It gives a hint of smoky chili heat to otherwise bland meatballs, adds that je ne sais quoi to salad dressing, and my constant culinary companion, a spicy aioli, with you guessed it, sriracha as the main ingredient (I also substitute greek yogurt for mayo to lighten it up).

A recent article from the NY Times sites it as a 'sleeve trick for chefs' like Mr. Jean-Georges Vongerichten who uses the red sauce in rice-cracker-crusted tuna with citrus sauce and surprisingly as the secret to a perfectly balanced hollandaise. “The other night, I used some of the green-cap stuff with asparagus,” Mr. Vongerichten states. “It’s well balanced, perfect in a hollandaise.” 

This recipe for deep fried eggs is a bit labor intensive, for a cocktail snack alone, so I included them as a main and served along side cesar salad. It was a perfect dinner pairing, since the sriracha taste wasn't too strong in the egg or remoulade. Healthy trick for husband too, who doesn't usually mind vegetarian fare if it is deep fried.

For more sriracha recipes, check out my pinboard devoted to the condiment here.

For full recipe with remoulade, head to Bon Appetit.

Deep-Fried Eggs

  • 9 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour (pasta flour)***
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • Peanut oil or rice bran oil (for frying)
  • Dandelion greens (for garnish)

Preparation

deep-fried eggs

  • Gently lower 6 eggs into large saucepan of boiling water, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 6 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. Drain. Cover eggs with cold water and cool. Very gently crack and peel eggs.
  • Whisk remaining 3 eggs, buttermilk, and sriracha in medium bowl. Whisk both flours in another medium bowl. Mix panko and coarse salt in another medium bowl. Working with 1 soft-boiled egg at a time, gently roll in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then panko mixture. Place on rimmed baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Pour enough oil into large saucepan to reach depth of 2 inches. Attach deep-fry thermometer to side of pan. Heat oil to 375°F. Working in 2 batches, fry eggs until brown, turning occasionally, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer fried eggs to ovenproof plate and place in oven 3 minutes to heat through.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup remoulade into center of each of 6 plates; top each with 1 egg. Garnish with dandelion greens.



Tuesday
Jan152013

Jennifer Chun S/S 2013

Images: Jennifer Chun

 

Jennifer Chun's lookbook for Spring/Summer 2013 is live. And a breath of fresh air, totally what I needed to cure these midwinter doldrums. 

Her latest line is true to her aesthetic, but introduces some bold tribal/ikat print, with orignami type layering and cuts to brilliant effect. This woman can do no wrong.

I can't wait to check it out in person, at Louis Boston, who carries her line exclusively in the Boston area.

Check out her fall 2012 collection here and an interview with the designer, here.

Friday
Jan112013

Not your Granny's Toile

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Toile, stalwart of my grandmother's home, now with a twist for the home and closet. Toile, or Toile du Jouy, is a decorative pattern, usually complicated, detailed, quite often pastoral but tame no more.

 

Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais put their stamp on the print this Spring (one of my personal favourite shows), seeking a mix of aristocratic hipster, part Brooklyn, part court of Versailles, dubbing it "Baroque in the street" backstage.

 

Toile wallpaper with teeth, and again full of NYC and Brooklyn references, the background for my image above is dubbed Brooklyn Toile, designed by Mike D (yes, that Mike D of the Beastie Boys) and Revolver NY. Originally created for Mr. D's brownstone, now available to the masses.

 

Sheila Bridges, who launched her popular Toile de Jouy wallpaper a few years ago, has branched out and now retails glasses and plates in her design. 

 

Are you ready to Toile? Options abound.

 

1. Boy. by Band of Outsiders Toile Jacket & Skirt
4. Boy. by Band of Outsiders Toile Dress
5. Anthropologie Beaded Toile Scarf
7. St Honore Toile de Jouy Tile
8. Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile de Jouy Glasses

 

*Background Flavor Paper Brooklyn Toile