Food like fashion follow trends. Currently there is a trend towards healthy eating with a strong emphasis on anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants reduce or eliminate the damaging effects of free radicals in the body and the best source for anti-oxidants is your food. The superfood for 2015 is capers!
Capers are the unripened flower buds of Capparis spinosa, a prickly, perennial bush indigenous to the Mediterranean. The dark green buds are sun-dried then packed in vinegar brine. Their tangy, briny, pickly flavour is best balanced against smooth, buttery or velvety flavours and textures. My favourite way to enjoy capers is with cream cheese and smoked salmon on a bagel.
Capers are salty due to the brine. This can be reduced by rinsing the capers in water before using if desired. Capers pair beautifully with salmon as pictured in this simple buttered caper sauce we recently enjoyed.
Method: Melt about 2 tbsp butter in fry pan. Stir in 2 -3 tbsp chopped red onion, and cook until just translucent. Stir in 1 - 2 tbsp rinsed capers. Warm through. Spoon over baked salmon filets as desired.