We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Corn on the Cob Mystery Embellishments

On my last post I had a list of several favorite ways to eat corn on the cob. Some of the ingredients were new to me and maybe to you too. So I've done a little research on those ingredients in the hopes of shedding some light on them.

Kerrygold Butter is from Ireland. The butter is golden and looks as though it has been colored. The color is actually natural, coming from the beta-carotene in the intense green Irish grass consumed by the cows. Made in the style of all premium European butters, Kerrygold's higher fat content gives its butter a distinctive richness. It can be purchased online from Igourmet.com.

Sriracha is made from sun ripened chilies which are ground into a smooth paste along with garlic and packaged in a convenient squeeze bottle. It is used in soups, sauces, pastas, pizzas, hot dogs, hamburgers, chow mein or anything else to give it a delicious, spicy taste. This condiment is available in most supermarkets but can also be ordered online from Huy Fong Foods.

Chaat masala is a spice mix used in Indian cuisine. It consists of amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin, Kala Namak, coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, asafoetida and chili powder. It has a pungent almost eggy smell and tastes both sweet and sour. It is used to flavor all the popular fast foods of India like bhelpuri, golgappa, aaloo chaat and Dahi puri. It is something of an acquired taste, and can be added to all sorts of everyday foods and drinks or even eaten on its own.

Sambal is a condiment used in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines and Sri Lanka as well as the Netherlands through Indonesian influence. It is typically made from a variety of peppers, although chili peppers are the most common. Sambal is used as a condiment or side dish and is sometimes substituted for fresh chilis. It can be very hot for the uninitiated. It's available at exotic food markets or gourmet departments in some supermarkets. 

Cotija is a hard cow's milk cheese from Cotija, Michoacan, Mexico. It can be purchased in small rounds or large blocks and is often used crumbled or grated as a topping for soups, salads, beans, tostadas or tacos. Like Parmesan, it is often sold already grated. This cheese is available in most supermarkets or can be ordered on line from savory food.

Hope this clears up any questions about these embellishments. I'm willing to try some on my next corn on the cob - maybe starting with the Kerrygold butter. That one sounds delicious. I already had a bottle of sriracha in my cupboard and didn't realize it. I used it for a recipe with soba noodles and peanut butter that was really delicious and then forgot that I had it or what is was called. Do you have things like that in your cupboard?


  1. I used to have forgotten items in my cupboard, but most are getting cleaned out now. Years ago I worked for the McIlhenney's - the Tabasco sauce people. When I was over at my mother's one day, I was looking for something in her cupboards and saw her bottle of Tabasco sauce. I asked her how long she'd had it and she told me she got it as a shower gift. At that time she was about 70 so the sauce was about 50 years old. She used one drop a year in her potato salad. I suggested to the McIlhenney's that if they made that hole bigger, they could double their sales to my mom. One bottle every 25 years!! Apparently mine was not an original suggestion - the "make the opening bigger" marketing ploy is old as the hills.

  2. that's really something. Do you think Tabasco can last that long without some sort of spoilage? And why did she only make potato salad once a year? and why did she store her bra in the oven? Your mother must have been a real character.