Ok, we have to admit that this post will not be for everyone. There are uni-lovers and then there are uni-haters, such is life. Here at NB, I think we'd like to sway more on the side of love. The sea urchin sometimes called sea hedgehogs are small spiny, globular sea animals. Their roe otherwise known as the slimy, sometimes gross looking tongue-shaped, bright orange part is a delicacy in many cuisines such as uni pasta, uni soba, uni over rice, uni sushi, uni in a half shell, oh my! Here for simplicity and deliciousness sake, we present the uni toast! We like it raw so in this dish, there was actually no cooking involved here except just the quick toasting of the bread. It's almost like an uni ceviche with the lemon juice. Continue below for this easy recipe and the different ways I tried it.
1/2 purple onion, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped or shiso leaves, chiffoned
2 tablespoons scallion
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea urchin "tongues" (it has to be FRESH)
bread (here I used bruschetta toasts and toasted potato bread)
salt and pepper
Combine the minced onion, lemon juice, cilantro, scallions and olive oil in a bowl.
Gently add the urchins and season with salt and pepper.
Let marinate while you grill the bread or prepare toasts.
Brush the bread slices with the remaining olive oil and grill over medium heat until slightly golden.
Top with the uni mix and serve.
There's lots of uni toast recipes out there that I still definitely need to to try. Especially the one from Aldea NYC with the cauliflower puree! I adapted this one from The Food Network. Try adding avocado or salmon roe on top too!
Here in the picture above, I tried the uni mix on top of a slightly toasted potato bun and my conclusion is everything tastes better on potato bread! SO delicious.
Candied and roasted nuts have quickly become one of my new favorite snacks. And with the holiday season upon us, they're perfect to have around for parties and get togethers or even as a little gift for a host/hostess. There are a ton of different sweet and savory versions, but I had to try this recipe I found for caramel nuts. I added my own touch by sprinkling it with roasted black sesame seeds and sea salt.
3 cups untoasted nuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup (you can also use honey or agave syrup)
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla
Black sesame seeds
1. Place the nuts in a medium size mixing bowl and set aside. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
2. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar melts, and bring it to a boil.
3. Boil the mixture for four minutes without stirring. Once the four minutes is up, remove immediately from the heat. Add the vanilla and baking soda, and stir quickly.
4. Immediately pour the mixture over the nuts and stir to coat the nuts thoroughly. Place the nuts onto a 9x13" pan and spread them out. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and sea salt.
5. Bake the caramel nuts for 40 minutes, stirring after every 10 minutes.
6. Remove the nuts from the oven and spoon them onto a baking sheet covered with foil. Allow them to cool at room temperature, and once cool, break them into pieces.
Put on your party hats and grab some confetti! Or in our case, grab a handful of flowers and make it rain because it's a celebration! Yes, that's right - it's our 100th post. First and foremost, THANK YOU for your support and readership! We started this lil' ol' blog last year in October of 2012 in the midst of our usual "what would Tony Robbins say?" chat pow wows. One year and 100 posts later, here we are! What started as just a project of who-knows-what, leading to who-knows-where - we now have an actual living, breathing online baby where we are projecting all our hopes and dreams(that's what you do when you have a real baby, right?)! Ok, that part may or may not be true but we are definitely responsible for nurturing it like a real baby.
Whatever the case may be, this blog DOES exist as a necessary creative outlet for us from our other full time jobs and our (thug) life - so for that, we are grateful. We've been lucky enough to have the help of many of our loved ones - family members and friends who also act as our photographers, stylists and even models! Not only that, we are even luckier to have friends who ARE professional photographers and stylists to help us with many of our posts. And most importantly we have YOU guys visiting our page. We appreciate it!
This blog is a community effort and ever evolving, so thanks again for joining us. Hopefully we'll figure it out some day, one DIY soy lavender candle at a time. Until then, enjoy these raining flowers? pictures from our first photoshoot! Excuse our awkwardness, we had (have) no idea what we were (are) doing. 0_o
This hand lettered mug was actually our FIRST DIY neato! bonito project and post! We've come full circle. Thank you again!