Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pink Condiments

Years ago I followed the column of Heloise for household hints and recipes. Now, her daughter is carrying on the tradition. I recently saw her article discussing PINK SALT and, of course, had to explore the subject closer.

Dear Heloise: I saw pink salt in the store the other day. What is it, and how is it used? — Lydia N., via email
The pink salt you are seeing in stores is Himalayan salt, which is found deep within the Himalayas. The beautiful pink color comes from the mineral content.
You can buy the salt in plates, slabs, cubes and fine or coarse grain. Use the fine- or coarse-grained salt like regular table salt for foods. The slabs and plates are available to serve sushi or other appetizers on. — Heloise
P.S.: If you just like the color (pink salt can be very pricey), you can make pink salt by adding a few drops of red food coloring to regular table salt.

I will be making some PINK SALT soon, using her "recipe." I have a few salt cellars to use and think it will be fun to sprinkle on baked potatoes, popcorn and other goodies which call out for salt and a bit of color.

Years ago, I bought PINK SUGAR to use at tea parties. The coarse sugar crystals  looked so pretty in the sugar bowl and elicited excited comments from the ladies. 

A slight change in the color of condiments seems to catch guests' eyes and makes them feel special when you serve them. Perhaps you are expecting visitors for the upcoming holidays and can delight them with a cup of tea and a pretty bowl of pink sugar, cream and lemon slices if they like it English style.
Color adds so much to our lives in even the smallest details.

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