What comes to mind at the mention of simple syrup?
Most likely there are visions of liquid sugar enhancing a cocktail or pitcher of lemonade, but when Blank Slate Kitchen sent me their Rich Simple Syrups I was challenged to think beyond the drink.
- Black Pepper
- Bird’s Eye Chili
- Palm Sugar
I have 2 recipes to share from my experiments, and look forward to sharing more creations with the other flavors soon.
1. Bird’s Eye Chili Spicy Pickles
2. Bird’s Eye Chili Veg + Lentil Braise
Braising is not a technique I employ often but it felt like a good fit for the spicy syrup, which it turned out to be. I can best describe this dish as lusciously spicy, with refreshing pineapple and mint to keep it balanced.Having to work within parameters always helps me to produce out-of-the-box results, so I appreciate the opportunity to stretch my comfort zone and work with a familiar product in an unusual (for me) application.Click To Tweet
I think there’s a lesson here to look beyond the innate simplicity of everyday ingredients and challenge ourselves to maximize their potential in new ways.