Salad of quails eggs poached in rooibos tea with crispy bacon
- quails eggs cooked in rooibos with crispy bacon and mixed leaves
The lovely earthy flavour of the Rooibos tea gently flavoured these quails eggs which went so well with mixed leaves, crispy bacon bits and toasted pine nuts.
The idea behind this came from one of my favourite Cape Town chefs, Franck Dangereaux from The Foodbarn. I tweeted asking him what awesome thing I could do with quails eggs and one of his suggestions was to marble them in Rooibos tea. So I decided to brew a pot of very strong Rooibos Espresso and I boiled the eggs in that (about 5 minutes to hard). I then gently cracked them all over by rolling them on the counter top and let them sit in the tea until it cooled as was the instruction.
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I wanted to pair this with an interesting salt, so sprinkled on my Hawaiian Red Alae Salt which is mild in flavour, pink in colour and is rich in minerals from the clay where it originates.
- i’m having so much fun with my wonderful selection of gourmet salts from all over the world
The other awesome ideas Franck suggested was to fry them in cayenne pepper, or poach them in red wine. So those will be parked at the back of my mind for future experimentation.
In the past I have enjoyed them simply hard boiled and dipped into celery salt.
- a tasty salad that will do well as a dinner party starter to impress