Flavor Starters

Cilantro-Lime Flavor Starter

Flavor Starter Cube by somethingwewhippedup.com

What’s for dinner tonight? Or breakfast tomorrow for that matter? I’ve always got an answer in my back pocket when I’ve got a stash of flavor starter cubes in my freezer. My most recent batch came together after I found myself with an abundance of cilantro. Instead of letting it wilt away, I blended the leaves up with some garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil and filled an ice cube tray with the mixture.

SWWU-Flavor-Starters-02

Cilantro-Lime Flavor Starter Cubes (somethingwewhippedup.com)

The frozen cubes are a great way to get a quick meal started. Around our house, we use them most often to whip up a delicious batch of scrambled eggs that are anything but ordinary. Simply put the frozen cube in your skillet, heat and let melt. Once it’s melted, swish the herb and olive oil mixture around your pan and add eggs. Cook your eggs as you normally would and you’ll enjoy a refreshing flavor that goes way beyond just seasoning your pan with a bit of butter or oil.

SWWU-Flavor-Starters-03

Adding a frozen flavor starter cube to a skillet (somethingwewhippedup.com)

In addition to eggs, you can use flavor starter cubes to season a pan before searing chicken or cooking up some vegetables. I’ve even used one to add a little something extra to a classic grilled cheese.

Cilantro-Lime Flavor Starter Cubes

Makes about 12

  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 large bunch cilantro (about 3 to 4 cups)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

1. Place the garlic in a blender or food processor. Pulse until well chopped. Add the cilantro, lime juice and olive oil. Blend until well combined, adding more olive oil if necessary to get a liquid consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2. Pour herb mixture into an ice cube tray. Freeze then transfer cubes to a zip-top bag for extended storage.

SWWU Tip 1: I don’t always fill the each well of the ice cube tray to the top. Smaller cubes are great when you’re making something for one person. Experiment making your cubes different sizes and see what works well for you.

SWWU Tip 2: Have other herbs on hand? This recipe works equally as well if you substitute parsley, basil or more. The lime juice can be substituted with lemon juice or left out entirely.

Like what you see? Follow us on twitter @SWWUblog and like us on Facebook for bonus photos and content.

You’ll Never Guess What’s Hiding In Here…

Cleaning supplies, pet food, yummy snacks—our friends could never guess what’s hiding inside the antique dairy boxes pictured below. And that’s just the way we like it!

Antique Dairy Box Storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

Antique Dairy Box Storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

We picked up one on a trip to Maine earlier this year and used it as a place to store excess beer and soda we didn’t have room for in the fridge. It was an attractive addition to our kitchen and we liked being able to discretely stash some things right where we need them. But one box couldn’t hold everything we wanted, so we’ve been on the hunt for another.

A peek inside the vintage dairy box storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

A peek inside the antique dairy box storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

We stopped by one of our favorite antique shops, Hodge Podge, on our way to a weekend at the farm in the Catskills. And wouldn’t you know it, they had one sitting right outside the front door!

Hodge Podge is full of other goodies too. We acquired quite a few of the antique wooden crates we used to make our wall unit there. I’ve also scored an iron desk lamp and several serving pieces, and Brian has added a few new gardening tools to his collection thanks to the always-changing inventory. In addition to a tightly packed store, there is an outdoor area that has everything from old road signs to awesome mid-century modern patio furniture that just needs a little love. Definitely stop by this place if you’re in the area.

CHECK IT OUT:

Hodge Podge

1103 Main Street, Leeds, NY 12451

518-207-1961s

Like what you see? Follow us on twitter @SWWUblog and like us on Facebook for bonus photos and content.