Everyone who knows me well, knows that I have a slight addiction to Sriracha. Maybe it’s not so slight. But it’s o.k. because I can stop whenever I want to. Ahem. Now that that’s out in the open, yesterday when Chef Michael Kahikina busted out several huge bags of peppers and other various mise en place for his homemade Sriracha, I was salivating like a rabid dog intrigued.
Before long, Chef Mike had a small crowd of testers to taste his fluorescent blend of Fresno peppers, Anaheims, Thai bird chilies, jalapenos, shallots, roasted garlic sugar and vinegar – and as I walked by, to see what all the hubbub was about, I smelled….Sriracha!
As a self proclaimed Sriracha connoisseur, I’d have to say that he totally nailed it. Both the flavor and the color of Chef Mike’s homemade Sriracha were perfect. Want the recipe? Message him on Twitter at @michaelkahikina. You can thank me later.
The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is poppin’ with so many beautiful and endless shades of summertime concentrated colors – this week in stone fruit we said goodbye to cherries and hello to Red and Black Beauty plums- which will be a perfect transition for our clafoutis at work. Fat, gorgeous figs made an arrival and summer squash is in abundance in bright hues of yellow and green. We were the most excited about coming across blackberries at the Harry’s Berries stand – we’ve never seen them from their farm before – and they were as sweet as they were dark and juicy – hands down, the best I’ve ever had. Finally, the scent of fresh lavender drew us in to admire the most beautiful shades of purple blossoms – incredibly brilliant in color. Pantone, eat your heart out!