California is a top destination for American foodies looking to try high-class, cutting-edge culinary delights. Over 90 eateries across the Golden State have secured at least one prestigious Michelin Star, and seven of the United States’ three-Michelin-Star restaurants are located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is abundantly clear that Californians know how to make good food.
Fortunately, Californians also know how to grow good weed — and when the food and bud combine, sparks fly. If you are looking to celebrate the Golden State and keep yourself busy during quarantine, here are a few quintessentially Californian edible recipes to recreate at home:
You might recall that month of COVID quarantine when everyone developed a sourdough starter and started baking their own bread from home. Sourdough is such a popular bread because of its relative ease — given that you have been feeding your starter every few days — and its delightful flavor, which is markedly different from the near flavorlessness of typical white or wheat loaves. Sourdough became a staple for early San Franciscans, who found the bread to be especially hardy in mining camps during the Gold Rush and whose starters thrived in the foggy climate.
You can transform any sourdough recipe into a Sour Diesel sourdough by using infused cooking oil, which you can make at home. The process is simple:
Coarsely grind 1 cup of your favorite strain, ideally from a deluxe Berkeley dispensary.
Combine the cannabis and 1 cup olive oil in a double boiler or slow cooker, and heat on low for 4 to 6 hours
Strain the plant solids out of the oil using cheesecloth without squeezing
Once you have an infusion, you can use your cannabis olive oil in your favorite sourdough recipe. Once you have a stoner’s sourdough, you can toast slices of it to use in another Californian recipe.
Avocado toast is often ridiculed by baby boomers and conservatives as the reason that millennials and progressives can’t afford nice things — but avocado toast made at home is a pretty cost-effective, nutrient-rich snack. Plus, when you make your avo toast DIY-style, you can make it even more opulent by giving it a cannabis twist.
Whether or not you create sourdough bread imbued with marijuana, you can use the infused olive oil from the previous recipe to drizzle on top a slice of bread topped with mashed avocado. The oil plus a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes makes the snack more than rich and savory; it becomes tangy, spicy and fun.
Fish Tacos With Ganja Salsa
When beach culture and Mexican culture combine, you get fish tacos. Fish tacos are a staple of SoCal cuisine; they offer all sorts of delightful flavors and textures while remaining light and refreshing — perfect for a warm summer day at the beach. Even though the beaches are currently closed, you can enjoy your own fish tacos at home — this time with a special ganja sauce.
You can follow your favorite fish taco recipe for the base, but to make the ganja green salsa, mix together the following ingredients in a food processor:
1 grilled green chile, peeled and seeded
1 grilled jalapeno, peeled and seeded
1 grilled tomatillo, peeled and seeded
1/2 small onion, peeled
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup minced cilantro
1 tablespoon cannabis olive oil
When you assemble your fish tacos, drizzle some of this salsa on top for more flavor and fun.
Cioppino is a fish stew — which might not sound appetizing but is surprisingly one of the most delightfully flavorful foods I have ever tasted. Mixing multiple types of fish and shellfish, Cioppino originated in San Francisco, undoubtedly as a way for Italian-American immigrants to warm up on a chilly summer night.
Cioppino in itself is a culinary adventure, and you might not want to mess with the recipe on your first try. Instead, you might pair your homemade fish stew with a light, lemony strain, like Super Lemon Haze or Jack the Ripper. However, if you are proficient in the kitchen, you can create this cannabis cioppino variant, which puts 1/8 ounce of dried cannabis directly into the broth.
You might never get this chance again — closed restaurants and bars, laws keeping you away from friends and family, and plenty of free time to experiment with cooking and cannabis — so you should make the most of it. If this marijuana menu doesn’t inspire you, you can seek out other easy DIY edibles to keep you entertained and inside.