The Morning After
Eating caviar off the back of the hand is a traditional and elegant way to enjoy this luxury food. The practice originated in Russia and was popularized by the Russian aristocracy in the 19th century.
The reason for eating caviar off the back of the hand is that it allows the delicate flavor of the caviar to be fully experienced without any additional flavors or textures from a utensil. The warmth of the hand also enhances the flavor and aroma of the caviar, making it a most enjoyable experience.
Additionally, the back of the hand is considered a clean and neutral surface, free from any residual flavors or oils that might interfere with the taste of the caviar. Eating caviar in this way is also a sign of respect for the delicacy and a way to demonstrate one's appreciation for the food.
Today, many people still enjoy eating caviar off the back of the hand as a symbol of sophistication and refinement.
The traditional way to serve caviar is on a bed of crushed ice or chilled plate, with a small mother of pearl spoon provided for serving. It is usually served with simple accompaniments such as blinis and other traditional garnishes such as chopped onions, chives, or sour cream alongside. Caviar is often paired with champagne, vodka, or other light and crisp wines or spirits. It is a timeless and beloved treat, however you choose to indulge.
Mother of Pearl
Mother of pearl is a material that comes from the inner lining of certain shells, such as the pearl oyster. It is prized for its iridescence and smoothness, and it does not affect the taste or texture of the caviar. Unlike metal spoons, which can alter the taste of the caviar, mother of pearl spoons are neutral in flavor and will not leave a metallic aftertaste.
Using a mother of pearl spoon also adds to the overall experience of eating caviar. The smoothness and delicacy of the spoon complement the delicate flavor and texture of caviar.
Fish & Chips
The crunchy texture and salty flavor of potato chips provide the perfect contrast to the silky smooth and delicate flavor caviar. The simplicity of the potato chips also allows the flavor of the caviar to really shine through, enhancing the overall experience.
How do you take your caviar?
by Catalina Cortez