Instead of soaking the mustard seeds in the traditional wine, beer or vinegar, choosing whey or pickle brine (such as from making dill pickles) introduces the health benefit and keeping qualities of lactic acid bacteria into your condiment.
The ingredients are untraditional, but the flavor evokes the essence of Mexican cuisine. Chef Gandin serves the pungent, black-olive salsa with grilled fish, though we’re just as keen on scooping it on tortilla chips for a flavor-packed appetizer.
Miner's lettuce is delicious and good for you, too. It's native to the western mountain and coastal regions of North America but is most common in California in the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys.
Time for preserved lemons. Traditionally, this Moroccan preparation uses simply lemons and salt. I like it with spices. Try it on plain, roasted chicken. Try it on a baked fatty fish with fresh mint. Chop it and toss it into a salad.