BEET PICKLED EGGS + MUSTARD CAVIAR

Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca

Oh hiiii. My brain forgot it was Fall and decided we skip 4 months and move straight to Spring. I can't help what I'm inspired to do sometimes. These pink beet pickled eggs penetrated my brain and have now arrived into my reality. Into our reality.

 I am obsessed with these eggs. All eggs in fact but these had me particularly mesmerized; I fell in love with the colour, the smooth texture and took about one thousand photos just to realize they were all incredibly similar. I imagined English ladies at a garden party with crustless sandwiches, a string quartet playing in the background amongst outfits of white flowing linen. I've never attended such a party but I feel like I've seen so many on tv I was tricked into thinking they were commonplace. Maybe they are if you're a British duchess. But as a woman sharing a 500 ft² apartment, owns 3 pairs of Chuck Taylor's and wears a pizza onesie in the evenings, they are just a fantasy of lavender scones and witty political jokes. None of which I would understand but all of which I would exude my best sophisticated laugh. “Hah-hah-hah. Oh Gerald, that was positively hilarious! Such a cheeky little devil." When first invited to said garden party I would reply, “Indeed, one would be delighted to attend one's party dahling." because I'm a very posh lady in this alternate universe and I definitely have a real curtain in my bedroom window and not a fraying piece of cloth hung up by clothes pins. I would have the kettle on a constant boil with a good supply of proper English tea like Twinings. I would have comments about the weather ready at my disposable for social interactions and I would keep my bathroom unreasonably cold (we don't want guests getting too comfortable in there). This is the British way so to speak. 

It is said the pickled egg was established in Europe a few hundred years ago. At one time there was even a pub in London called The Pickled Egg located on a street called Pickled Egg Walk. Obviously. This pub snack was served from jars behind the bar alongside your ale and maybe some sausages or cold meats. Sometimes these were called free lunches and offered at no cost to customers as an incentive to drink at their bar. These were easy foods to preserve for the winter and provided sustenance so the customer could keep drinking. During my pickled egg research I learned that at least three people died via choking on pickled eggs in the last few years. Mostly on a dare or to win a few pounds, they stuffed too many in their mouths at once and were asphyxiated. I love the British because even their reports about death have a light heartedness. A news story recounts a wife as she's being driven to the pub by police after her husband's death, “It was pickled eggs wasn’t it? It’s just the sort of thing he would do.” So no more than two pickled eggs in the mouth at once, okay? 

You can indulge in a pickled egg at Toronto at dive bar, The Communist Daughter. They also serve other traditional bar snacks such as olives, a salami plate, and a beer cheese sandwich. They are all perfect with a pint, a good book or some company. If you are ever in town I recommend Mondays where they run a bring your own vinyl night. Try to arrive by eight to make sure you get a seat as it is a very small nook of a pub. After one side of an album is played, they take a vote from everyone in the bar– who wants to listen to the b-side and who wants the mystery album (the next vinyl in line). Majority wins. 

Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca

EGG AWARDS


Best Drinking Egg – Pickled

Most Nostalgic Egg – Soft Boiled with Buttered Toast Soldiers

Most Forgotten Egg – Boiled with a Dollop of Mayo

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Egg – Frittata 

Best Party Egg – Deviled aka Mimosa Eggs (as church functions named them to refrain from Satanic association).

Most Surprising Egg – Egg Yolk Ravioli. Originated at San Domenico restaurant in Imola, Italy. Click here to watch this mouthwatering dish as it's made at it's original location. I used to work for a chef who trained at San Domenico so he could make this dish perfectly. I can honestly say it's one of the most delicious things in the whole world.

Least Popular Egg – Raw

Cutest Egg – Egg-In-The-Hole

Classic French Egg – Omelette

Fanciest Egg – Arzark Egg aka Flor de Huevo. Secured in platic wrap and cooked in boiling water. Click here for tutorial.

Comfort Food Egg Scotch Egg

Hangover Egg – Eggs Benedict

Most Underrated Egg Marbleized Egg. Cook egg in frying pan, break yolk and swirl it around. You get a little bit of scrambled and a little bit of fried that is soft but not runny. Check out this video for a marbleized egg sandwich by Eggslut. 

Weirdest Egg Century Egg aka Pidan Egg. A preserved duck egg that uses a saline solution often with clay, ash, or rice hulls. After a few weeks or months of preservation the result is a gelatinous dark coloured egg that looks as though it's a century old. Not traditionally eaten on their own they are served with pickled ginger, or with congee (rice porridge). Click here for a video.

Scariest Egg – Balut Egg aka Duck Fetus Egg. It's real and it's terrifying. A nearly developed fetus is boiled up and eaten in the shell. A common street food in the Philippines and South East Asia. Click here to watch people eat one and describe the taste. 

These pink pickled eggs are delicious, beautiful and very easy to make. They are perfect to bring to a party or if you're having friends over because you can make them in advance. I love them as leftovers when I'm too lazy to make dinner. Put them on a plate with some vegetables, fresh chopped herbs, a good slice of toasted bread and some mayo or plain yogurt. The mustard caviar is not a must but feels elegant and gives a nice texture as they pop in your mouth.

Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca
Beet Pickled Eggs + Mustard Caviar || A delicious and simple snack recipe that is perfect for parties or every day meals! Serve pink eggs w/ fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, a nice slice of toast + mayo or yogurt. || creamandhoney.ca

My dream for this snack is that someone takes these to a garden party and reports back to me about how fancy it was and how many times they mentioned the weather. Let me know.

Happy Egg Dreams! xx


BEET PICKLED EGGS + MUSTARD CAVIAR

the magic

inspiration:                      bar snacks

the feels:                          soft, crunchy, acidic, slightly sweet

eat with:                          plain yogurt, mayo, hot sauce, fresh                                                  herbs, on a salad, on toast, w/ tuna                                                  salad, sliced crunchy vegetables –                                                    cucumber, radish, lettuce etc., beer!,                                                sausages, crackers and cheese. 

might like if you're into:       dive bars, old timey pubs/saloons, garden                                   parties, Chinese tea eggs, pink things,                                               preserves, smorgasbords, little tea                                                     sandwiches

the science

makes 6 eggs + 1/2 cup “caviar" + 1 pickled onion || time: 1 - 12 hours

ingredients:                                                  

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 jar of pickled beets 
  • 1 cup cider vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or honey)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup mustard seeds 
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar (or rice wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • optional: one medium onion (to pickle with eggs)
  • optional: plain yogurt or mayo for serving
  • optional: chives to garnish

method:                                                                                                 

beet pickled eggs

  1. Hard boil your eggs and peel. (tip: salting your boiling water and peeling the eggs underwater helps the shells come off easier.)
  2. Strain beets overtop a bowl, let liquid drain and keep beets aside to eat later. 
  3. Mix beet liquid with cider vinegar, coconut sugar and 1 tsp salt until dissolved. Pour into large mason jar (or bowl) and completely submerge eggs. If not adding onion, skip step 4.
  4. Boil a kettle of water. Slice onion into 1/4 inch thick rings. Place into strainer in the sink and pour boiled water over top. Shake and drain. Add onion sliced on top of eggs in pickling liquid (these will keep the eggs completely submerged to ensure an even colour.
  5. Cover eggs and refrigerate for minimum of one hour or up to overnight if you have the time. The longer you leave them the pinker and more pickled they become. I like overnight best. 

mustard caviar

  1. In a small pan add mustard seeds, white wine vinegar, honey and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to low and simmer for 45 - 60 minutes, stirring often. Add a tablespoon of water at a time when mixture gets too thick or sticky until mustard seeds are firm but pop in your mouth. 
  2. Let cool and refrigerate. 

Cut open lengthwise, top with little dollops of mustard caviar, pickled onion, chives, and yogurt or mayo if desired. 

Will last for up to a few weeks in pickling liquid but I suggest eating them within 5 days or they can become too acidic and rubbery. 

BANOFFEE BIRTHDAY PIE

Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

This pie feels like humble celebrations. Only a few ingredients and finished with a billowing whipped cream–it is perfect for any day of festivities.

It was my best friend's birthday this week and I am sure we've known each other for many life times. We help balance one another in times times of need and madness. We all go a little crazy sometimes. And it's okay. Serendipitous coincidences happen to us on a regular basis. Without knowing–we will make the exact same dish for dinner, have the same idea or thought, apply for the same job, end up at the same cafes or bars without plans and we live in a city of millions of people. Even existential life crises have arose at the same time... Although it's better when they don't because it's a lot of obscure universal conversations with alternate crying. At least we take turns, I guess? 

I'm always excited to celebrate birthdays of the people I love–it makes me happy thinking of how they have changed my life and how blessed I am to know them. So this year a pie with some thick dulce de leche and a massive cloud of whipped cream was in order. I gave it to her alongside a bottle of tequila and a large green juice. Because it's all about balance, right?! 

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

I love how easy it is to make dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk. If you haven't done it, you are in for a massive sugar high and tooth-achey ride of your life!!!! Because I don't believe you can resist eating this straight from the can if you are human.                                                                                        If you resist, you are officially a non-human. And you should try it because all the humans are doing it, dude.

Boil the can of condensed milk in a pot of water and then like magic you peel open the top and voila! Dulce de leche! Alchemy at it's finest. Simmering time varies depending on how dark you want yours. I like mine dark. Real dark, with intense caramel notes and richness. You can make a bunch of cans at once which store in your cupboard for months. Then you have dulce de leche on hand to top over your ice cream, spread on cookies, or eat by the spoonful. Dangerous? Yes. Do I regret it? Never. 

(note: for more detailed instructions on boiling, see recipe at the bottom of the post)

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

Things to know about banoffee pie:

1. Banoffee = banana + toffee".

2. It's a messy pie–gooey, sloppy and doesn't stay together very well. Kids will love it.

3. It's a classic British dessert aka pudding. 

British food is one of my favourites. Not enough people give credit to this cuisine in my opinion and I've even heard people say British food is terrible. And when they do I say,

ARE YOU F*$KING CRAZY!? Have you had an English roast dinner?! It's literally one of the most delicious things on the planet! And what about meat pies? Cornish pasties?! Ummm SCONES! HELLO! Yorkshire pudding! Scotch eggs?! F*&KING FISH AND CHIPS MOTHERFU*%ER!!!" Then they start looking scared because I'm apparently being too intense.                                                         So then I'm all, Just kidding. Ha. Ha.😬 Because it's awkward. But I wasn't kidding guys. I wasn't.

Is anyone else obsessed with The Great British Bake Off?! If you are, then you'll be familiar with the brilliance that is Banoffee. 

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

I was way too eager this time and didn't let the pie crust set in the fridge so this happened. But it's important to embrace the imperfections and messiness of life. It's also important to be patient... But that's something I'm not that good at.

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

BANOFFEE PIE

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :                    it's a celebration bitches!

f e e l s :                                      crunchy + soft + gooey

e a t   w i t h :                            coffee, espresso, tea, lemonade, margaritas! 

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :           retro pies, stone cottages, rolling hillsides, small town fairs,                                                                                     balloons, bouncy castles, playing in the mud.

t h e   s c i e n c e

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 400 g digestive biscuits
  • 156 g butter (11 tbsp)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (or 1 can of pre-made dulce de leche)
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • dark chocolate, for grating

m e t h o d :

Dulce De Leche        

*Takes 2-3 hours*  Make one or many at a time. They will keep in your cupboard for a few months.

  1. Remove label from can(s) of sweetened condensed milk. Place can on it's side in a large pot (so it doesn't bounce around and make annoying sounds while simmering for hours). Fill pot with water so that it comes 2 inches or more above the can. 
  2. Turn on the stove to high heat until the water comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to let it simmer for 2-3 hours depending on how dark you want your dulce de leche. I let mine simmer for 2 hours and 45 minutes. *make sure to keep checking your pot and adding water so that the cans are ALWAYS covered with water, apparently they can explode if not. 
  3. Remove cans from water carefully with tongs and place on a wire rack to let cool. Do not open them while they're hot, the caramel may spurt out because still hot. I refrigerated mine overnight to get a nice thick texture when spreading it into the pie. 

Pie

  1. Use a food processor or mortar and pestle to turn digestive biscuits into fine crumbs. Place in a medium bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over the stove on low heat. Pour butter into biscuit crumbs, 1/3 at a time while mixing until evenly distributed. 
  3. Press biscuit dough into a tart or pie pan between 9" to 11.5" in diameter. 
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm it up.
  5. Open dulce de leche and spread into the pie shell with a spatula or off set frosting knife.
  6. Cut bananas into even slices about 1 cm thick and place across the dulce de leche.
  7. Whip the whipping cream until thickened. Sweeten slightly if desired. I left mine plain because the dulce de leche and bananas are very sweet together so the cream helps balance the dessert.
  8. Spread on the whipped cream thickly with a spatula.
  9. Grate dark chocolate on top to amount desired. 

*Will keep in refrigerator for another day or two.