Just about any occasion sends me to the kitchen to create. My pots and pans are my culinary canvas. I cook dinners for friends' birthdays, for holidays, and three times a day for my family.
My hope is that my descriptions and photos will inspire you to get out to the farmers markets or down an aisle at the grocery store that intimidates you, try some new ingredients, and get crazy with the herbs and spices!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
I am not big on plain ol' oranges. Blood oranges, clementines, pumelo, any other citrus and I am excited. So when I saw the clamshells of kumquats at the grocery store, I grabbed two and my mind started to churn on what delectable goodies could I make with them, besides just rinsing and popping them in my mouth like popcorn. While Jake was at a play with some friends and the boys were soundly sleeping, I decided to make some candied kumquats. So easy!
1 C water
1 C organic granulated sugar
12 oz kumquats, washed and dried
Slice the kumquats into thin coins. Create a simple syrup by bring the water and sugar to a simmer and cooking till the syrup thickens. Place the kumquats and simple syrup in a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
The kumquats are done when the syrup is slightly thickened and sticks to the fruit.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the kumquats to a bowl full of granulated sugar. Roll the candied kunquats in the sugar. Lay out on a parchment-lined cutting board and leave to dry.