Archive for August, 2007

Spot of Tea…

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I’m sorry, but nothing can refresh a body better than tea. (when you need something to drink) Iced tea, hot tea, even a tea rub on a favorite grilled item. There’s something about those tea leaves. I stumbled onto a brand of tea while working; one thing about working in a restaurant, you can run into some interesting concepts in anything that has to do with food.
Novus brand Tea is one of the best teas I’ve tried,  there are 8 blends several of which I’ve tried.

CITRUS CHAMOMILE HERB
This is my favorite of all the blends, and that’s saying something if I had to put down my peppermint tea for this. It was so good, I bought a case after trying one bag. Light and fruity. Not overbearing and heavy. I even tried to over-steep it to see what the flavors would be like, and they were still distinct and flavorful. This is a tea for mid day while you’re awake and can enjoy the full flavors.

WILD ENCOUNTER HERB TEA
Wild encounter is another blend that I adore. It’s a slight bit heavier that the previous blend, but does not weigh on your palet. This one has a more berry flavor that can be enjoyed by almost everyone. (Even if you don’t like berries) Plus it’s full of other subtle flavors like rosehips and apple, this one is destined to waken those tastebuds.

EGYPTIAN MINT HERB TEA
Now I love mint tea. If you want to get on my good side, bring me a steaming cup of Mint tea. Early in the Morning or late in the evening, Mint tea is guaranteed to bring a sense of calm into your day. I like my tea strong so I let it steep a little longer than most, and like the other ones it does not miss a step when it comes to flavor quality.

PAI MU TAN
Pai Mu Tan- (what does that mean???) Must mean darn good tea. This is the White tea blend that Novus is having me drool over. A perfect strong breakfast tea, well I wouldn’t say strong maybe firm would be a better word. It holds it’s own with any stand up tea, I had to look twice just to make sure it wasen’t a Black Tea after trying it. It blew me away and woke me straight up. Whooooo… I gotta go get me a cup right now. BRB


Now what would a critique on tea be without the correct way to enjoy it. I found this lil beauty  hiding on americanbridal.com and sells for $40.95, not bad for the art of tea. This would be sure to impress at any party or gathering, or make yourself feel good while just relaxing.

S&B Seasonings Lemon Sugar
Tea with a twist of Lemon and Sugar, S&B Seasonings Lemon Sugar would be the perfect addition for baking, and any tea festivity. With REAL Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice to heighten your entertaining experience. 
Our goal, in offering the finest products, is to refer you to the best there is to offer.  Our Lemon Sugar will top off the experience and have you and your guests waiting for your next event.

That’s it for this review. Have a great time and enjoy that tea, This is the Rude Boy Chef………. and I’m out!

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Salt, Salt, Salt…

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Well we’ve come a long way from the box of salt with the little girl on the cover with the dog pulling at her shorts. Now we have a lot of different varieties and they’re all have their twist on the market. Personally I don’t care if how fine or exotic the salt may be if it still has a high sodium content, then it is still dangerous to the health of every consumer. Let’s face facts, ppl usually don’t want to face reality when it comes to their health especially when it may mean sacrificing the quality and flavor of their food. So ppl continue to use (abuse) salt until their doctor takes them off it totally and then they have a hard time finding something to suplement them in their comfort zone when it comes to their seasoned food. Ppl, I think Mrs Dash looks like chopped grass from your lawnmower, and to just switch from salt to plain herbs is just……………….wrong! Here are a few of the salt’s I like, but check their SODIUM CONTENT people!!!

O.K. first on the list is Diamond Chrystal Kosher salt.

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This is by far my favorite salt to use in the Kitchen. Lite in taste, not over powering and a clean finish on the palet when done. It dosen’t overpower the food and enhances whatever it is you are cooking. One of the few salts I would use in a marinade. The sodium content is equally impressive. A full 66% less sodium than other brands of it kind. This is a salt I would reccomand for using for ppl who require a low sodium diet or are just concerned about the sodium level a loved one is taking in.

Next we have Fleur de sel

fleur-de-sel.jpg Not a good pic I know, but it’s what they had. Now this salt is the prize of the sea it is said to have the most delicate flavor and virtually blend in with the food you use it on. Called the saffron of the sea, this fine grey sea salt is the first top layer of evaporated seasalt in an evaporating pool of sea water. (You know what they say about cream, eh.) I’ve often imaginged what it would to my food if I used  it in my Kitchen, at a pricy $19.71 a lb, I chose to leave it up to my imagination. I don’t know about the sodium content but I’d assume it’s the standard580mg per serving.

 Smoked Sea Salt

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Smoked seasalt is verrry different and can be used on a variety of dishes. I’d mainly use this salt as a finishing salt to sprinkle over a dish, to add an outdoor-sy flavor and feel to the dish. * ie seafood/grilled salmon, rosated turkey breast, and earthy type vegetables/mushrooms, and asparagas, etc. The sodium content is the standard 580mg per serving but you just need a sprinkle for the flavor enhancement.

Now we have Red and Black Sea Salt

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These salts have a head on blast of full salt flavor. Very little flavor difference because of the colors, but there is some distinction. Most, if not all, of these salts are from Hawaii and processed in a special way. Artisan salt farmers in Hawaiiharvest these special salts in a hand crafter mannerto give the salt the highest qualityand flavor Evaporated in ground pools, dried in greenhouses and mixed with Lava rock(Black) and alae clay(red) for a high mineral content. Sodium content is the standard 580 mg per serving but these aren’t salts you use in everyday dishes. Y ou can utilize these in sauces, in brines and cures for drying and smoking meats and seafood. Because of their decorative appeal, you can use them to add a splash of color for a bed of Oysters or Clams.

… and finally we have Maldon brand Sea Salt.

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Of my favorite salts, this has to be #2 on the list. I love it because of the way it crystalizes before it’s harvested.
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When sea salt crystalizes, it should form a pyramid shape because of the way the water is evaporating.
It has excellet flavor and dissolves quickly into whatever dish you’re preparing. You can utilize this salt on anything from standing rib roast to a crisp garden salad. The sodium level is the standard 580 mg. per serving, but you won’t use that much. It has no overpowering taste but still finishes clean on the tongue. This one is definately a keeper.

Till next time yall, this is the one and only “RudeBoii” Chef, hittin ya up;…………… and I’m out!

Kosher Salt…

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What is the Difference Between Kosher Salt and Sea Salt? 

Many chefs prefer kosher salt in cooking certain dishes, usually as a topping, to add special crunch or taste to food.  Kosher salt is made by similar evaporation processes as cubic table salt, both plain and iodized.  However some processes allow their crystals to growth at normal atmospheric pressure which makes a different shaped and larger crystal possible.  These are used for Kosher Salt.  Kosher salt contains no additives.  In other manufacturing processes, Kosher Salt is made by compressing table salt crystals under pressure and then sizing the resulting agglomerates to yield a coarse-type salt. 

Sea salt is produced by evaporation of sea water at atmospheric temperature and pressure.  The crystals tend to form inverted pyramid shapes not all that different from Kosher Salt produced at atmospheric pressure referred to in the first paragraph.  Depending upon the geographic location, altitude, and composition of the salt ponds from which the salt originates, the salt may take on certain colors representing some of the trace minerals in the area.  Some of these impart a different taste or flavor, either pleasant or possibly objectionable to the taste of the salt, and hence, the food to which it is added.  Mainly, it is a matter of preference and cost.  Per pound, sea salt is far more expensive when compared to Kosher Salt or regular cubic table salt. 

Are “Kosher Salt” and Table Salt that is Kosher Different? 

Kosher Salt is the name of a particular type of salt (sodium chloride) that is available in supermarkets and other stores that sell groceries.  It is produced by a manufacturing method explained above and is certified as Kosher by one of many rabbinical inspection institutions that carry out food plant inspections.  Table Salt, both plain and iodized, is usually listed as manufactured under the same rabbinical institutions.  An identifying emblem will notify the consumer that the salt has been produced and packaged under strict kosher conditions.  If the kosher emblem is missing from the label, it is safe to assume that the salt is not necessarily certified as produced under kosher inspection.    

With table salt, the size of the crystal is smaller than Kosher Salt,  and it is usually cubic in shape.  Table salt contains additives to keep the small crystals from caking and clumping.  All salts are very prone to pick up moisture, and smaller crystals are capable of adding more moisture than larger ones.  As the crystals release moisture with changes in relative humidity, the crystals form new bonds and stick together.  The salt crystals must stay uniform for proper ingredient dosing of foods and to fit through the holes in the salt shakers!   

Marinade Recipes

To get ya started with a few ideas from our chefs mind, here are some of his more traditional Marinade recipes. (His arm is still sore after we twisted it to get these; but hey, you’re worth it. Enjoy!!!

Southwestern Garlic and Lime 

2 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic

1 Tbsp. Chopped Cilantro

½ C. Lime Juice

1 Tbsp Lime Zest

1 Sm. Spanish onion (chopped)

3/4 C. Corn Oil

3 Tbsp S&B Seasonings Chili Gold
~or~ 2 Tbsp S&B Seasonings Southwestern Blend
and
2 Tbsp S&B Seasonings Chili Gold  

Directions 

Add 2 Tbsp corn oil to a sauté pan, when the oil is hot; add your garlic and half the cilantro, until the garlic is light brown. Add your onions and coat them with the oil in the pan, remove from heat and let stand in the pan. Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Place your onions and garlic in the bowl and incorporate them. Let stand in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove and pour over meat or vegetables.

Let meat marinate for 2 hours or overnight. If marinating vegetables, remove from marinade after 5-10 minutes and let the marinade drain off. Grill when no more oil is draining off of the vegetables.   

Standard Signature 

Ingredients: 

1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

1 Tbsp Minced Shallots

2 tbsp chopped Scallions

¾ C.  Lemon Juice

¼ C. Honey

¼ C. Orange Juice

~or~

1 ½ Tsp frozen concentrate O.J.

1 ½ C. Olive Oil
3 Tbsp S&B Signature Seasoned Salt 

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and place on the lowest setting. You want some chopping but not liquefying. Blend for about 7-10 seconds. Place in an airtight container and set in refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hrs.to overnight so flavors can develop.

Sesame Citrus 

Ingredients: 

¼ C. Toasted Sesame Seeds

½ C. Sesame Oil

½ C. Vegetable Oil

¼ C. lite Soy Sauce

¼ C. Orange Juice

~or~

1 ½ Tsp frozen concentrate O.J.

½ tsp Orange Zest

2 oz. Lemon Juice

½ tsp Lemon Zest

1 Tbsp Chopped Scallions

1 Tbsp. Chopped ginger

1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic

¼ C. Honey

3 Tbsp. S&B White Seasoned Salt

  Directions: 

Heat 1 Tbsp Sesame oil and 3 Tbsp Vegetable oil in a sauté pan until hot. Add the Scallions. Ginger and Garlic & sauté until very fragrant, remove from heat. Combine the remaining ingredients and set aside until sautéed mixture is cool, then add. Refrigerate overnight.

* If you want a little sweeter flavor, add 2 tbsp of Molasses or Brown Sugar to marinade.

 

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