What most people might not know is that, before we were a company, we were a family. We still are; we’re a chosen family.
What’s a chosen family? It's people that may or may not be related to you, that you have chosen to be in your family. You might spend holidays with this crew instead of relatives. I know I do!! My relatives live far away, and (as all of us have known from time to time) we haven’t always been on the best of terms. This is a very typical experience for a lot of people in our community, the LGBTQ+ community. Though my relatives and I are on great terms now, my chosen family is still who I choose to spend certain holidays with.
It has become a tradition around this time for us to host a Friends-giving celebration. We’ll open our house to all friends, family chosen or otherwise, and anyone who just needs a chosen family for the day. We always tell people not to bring food, (just booze😜) because there is always something for everyone at our table, no matter what.
We fill our table with inclusive, allergen-free, vegan dishes, and of course BREAD. This year, we’ll be serving the bread with a super nostalgic bread dipping oil. Bread dipping oil recipes have been popping up on my TikTok feed recently. It's a pool of high-quality EVOO (we LOVE Oracle Oil) swirled together with balsamic vinegar, herbs, and salt - a perfect accompaniment to a good loaf of bread. You can add chili flakes, garlic, sesame seeds, and more to boost the flavor and nutritional value! Our version includes fresh herbs and edible flowers of course. Here’s the recipe:
- ½ cup high-quality EVOO
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- A palm-sized mound of picked herbs:
- chives (chopped)
- One clove of garlic
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Red pepper flakes
- Sea salt
- Coarsely ground rainbow peppercorns
- Rose petals (fresh or dried and crushed)
- Bread for dipping
- Pour all the EVOO into a large plate
- Gently pour the balsamic vinegar into the middle of the oil
- Add the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the vinegar
- Grate the garlic clove over the mixture
- Gently arrange the fresh herbs around the plate
- Garnish with sesame seeds and rose petals
- Break Bread!