Pull up a seat at my Thanksgiving table—all are welcome here. Grab one of the jammy deviled eggs. Forgive the lack of fall hues. Orange was never my thing. And forgive the mismatched plates and linen. The humble flowers from the local shop. The bedsheet masquerading as a table cloth. This wasn’t an elaborate photoshoot. My husband & I threw it together with what we had on hand. Nothing was ironed. The candles were crooked. And it was lovely to sit here and eat green beans with lots of aleppo pepper, a lemony roast chicken, chess pie, and our real masterpiece—these Japan inspired “deviled eggs” which are really more “oeuf mayo”—the deconstructed French predecessor to the glorious deviled egg. Find the recipe and some meanderings on gratitude below…
A Twist on Deviled Eggs
My father’s deviled eggs were always my favorite part of Thanksgiving. And my truffled deviled eggs are (dare I say) a classic. But these. I won’t say they’re better than my fathers because they’re simply a different beast. They’re like deviled eggs but far quicker and easier to make. No arduous scooping out of the yolks and piping them back in. Which would be impossible with jammy eggs anyhow. With these you get to have the yolk at it’s silkiest, and you’re done in a dollop.
If you don’t have, can’t find, or don’t want to buy Kewpie mayo I’ve included a recipe for making homemade Kewpie mayo, which is what we did for these photos. And it was just as good. Maybe better. And let’s start this by saying: I HATE mayonnaise. But I love Kewpie (the real thing and our homemade Kewpie mayo). Kewpie bears more resemblance to aioli than the white jiggly stuff from the Kraft jar growing up.
It’s creamy, acidic, and yet, it has it’s fair share of MSG. That said, from my thoroughly unscientific googling the jury is out on whether MSG is even bad for you at all. Suffice to say if you think it bothers you, skip the Kewpie, and omit the Accent seasoning from the DIY version. You’ll be golden. Golden like jammy egg yolks.
I’ve also included my recipe for homemade furikake. Which I want to include in my cookbook, but I just can’t begrudge you it now. I guess I’ll have to come up with an even better version for the book! That said, this first, we’ll call it beta version, is delicious and reminds me of my favorite furikake we bring back from the Nishiki market in Kyoto each year.
My Gift to You
The best damn creamy umami jammy egg situation we’ve ever created. Matt literally almost cried when he tried them. And frankly let’s be honest: he did this. He perfected the mayo while I perfected my latest preset collection for Lightroom mobile & desktop, The Instagram Collection, and while I recorded the latest episode of the Raw Milk podcast (it’s all about how to get over fear and start something.) Like for instance getting over the fear that you haven’t blogged since March. Heh. You might not even know I have a podcast it’s been so long! I digress. Matt made the furikake twice to get it just right. He typed up the recipes. And he shot (and styled!) the photos while I was at the shrink. Because we all need to be shrunken sometimes. So, let’s hear it for Matt, jammy eggs, and gratitude. Thank you, husband, for being my partner in so much more than marriage and parenthood.
And thank you, friend
Thanks to new friends for stopping in and to the old for hanging in. This community has been my constant. Since I started this blog in 2012 my life has taken so many twists and turns it feels like I’ve lived three lifetimes over a mere six years. And the one thing I’ve learned is that in the good times AND the bad, it is critical to cultivate gratitude. In the good, we can fall prey to taking our blessings for granted. We can get greedy. Ever striving for more, more. And in the bad, we can fall prey to negative tapes that play in our head. Tapes we pretend we’re powerless to change. But we aren’t. Whatever season you are in, cultivate gratitude and you’ll find everything you need has been there all along. It isn’t out there. It’s in you.
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