Pickled Quail Eggs and Last Nights Dinner

IMG_3193Last  night we had friends over we rarely see and I wanted to  make it a special night.

With the help of my friend Michael I spent the better part of two days cooking.

Quail eggs are so perfectly small and beautiful.  My first trip to Spain they were once served to me as a bar snack with Aioli, ever since then I’ve loved them.

Last night I served them pickled with Beet juice, cider vinegar, sweet spices, sugar and salt.  They turned out great (thanks Michael!) and were a wonderful foil for the Asparagus along with Pickled Beets.

Below the menu which is missing one surprise item which I wasn’t sure I’d have the energy to make but rallied and made: Buckwheat and Cocoa Nib Madeleines made a la minute and served warm out of the oven.   Tomorrow the Strawberry Tart recipe!  IMG_3201

 

 

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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