Are you one of those people who thinks that salt is something we simply sprinkle onto food? Well, with my indelible love for Pink Salt, I decided to dive into my spice basket to see what I could find to jazz up the somewhat bland repertoire of my ‘pre-summer/ squeeze back into bikini’ beach diet.
I am pleasantly surprised by my findings and owe this to the beautiful range of Eat.Art gourmet salts. Sourced from around the world, each salt is beautifully packaged – enough to proudly place on any dinner party table. Some of my favourites include:
The most unusual in my mind, the Kala Namak…a somewhat dusty looking, intriguing mauve volcanic rock salt from India otherwise known as Black Salt! Because of its rich sulfurous content vegans often pair this salt with egg based dishes but I have heard that Kala Namak sprinkled on fresh cuts of apples or bananas is delish…okay – so I was looking to spice things up!
Onto the ever-so-pretty Persian Blue, nobly harvested from an ancient salt lake in Iran…this one is calling out for a delicate pinch pot and for use in your more sophisticated dishes incorporating the likes of fois gras or truffle oil. Beautiful, and most certainly a conversation piece.
Then, the apricot coloured Murray River Salt Flakes from Australia that look as if they belong in an antique silver powder bowl alongside a crystal laden perfumery on an old-fashioned (in the most wonderful way) dressing table! Just gorgeous…and mild but confident in flavour, the delicate colouring and quick melting crystals are perfect for baking and roasting and of course for use in finishing.
And finally, Hawaiian Red Alaea! Bold in its colour due to its high iron content, this red salt contains purified clay and has a deliciously distinct flavour. I dare you to try this one with chocolate! Need I say more?
Salts are still, to this day, used as a currency on their own. The varieties readily available are vast and the joy derived from experimenting with them in the kitchen is liberating. I have only just skimmed the surface here…and already I am feeling a fetish coming on!
Visit www.eatart.com for more info on their full range of gourmet salts – sublime!
Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.