Synonymous with pearls, sex, luxury and status, and encased in a rough, rugged exterior. Oysters have a lot in common with hip-hop’s richest.
Forbes Magazines recently published their 2014 list of hip hop’s cash kings, their annual crowning of the world’s most affluent rappers. Taking the titles this year are Dr Dre at $620m, Jay-Z and Diddy $60m, Drake with $33m and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on $32 million. We’ve brought some recipe ruckus to mark the occasion.
ON THE MENU: Golden Oysters with Champagne, Pomegranate Jewels & Edible Glitter
This concoction combines the cornerstone of canapé opulence – the oyster – with a little sparkling golden nectar of champagne, and some mandatory bling.
Although considered working class food during the 19th century, population booms and pollution since the Industrial Age has driven down the quantities and up the prices of the Ostreidae mollusk (oyster of the edible variety). The oyster’s delicacy status these days lands them on the dinner tables of fine diners, A-listers, and gangsters. Lust hussler Casanova reportedly ate 50 of them for breakfast. Alice in Wonderland’s waistcoat-wearing gangsta, the Walrus, earned his notoriety through his oyster-embezzling ways. Cult Japanese food film, Tampopo, features a classic scene in which a mobster stops by the seashore to have an intimate (erotic) moment with young female diver as he samples her oyster bounty.
The scarcity and expense of these briny bivalves also add to the prestige, combined with their alleged aphrodisiac qualities (they possess a rare amino acid that results in heightened sexual feelings), their need for the purest, high-grade water to cultivate, and the primordial consumption technique.
Hip hop and champagne are thought to have been popularised by Branson B, who since the 70s has champagne references in over 60 songs. He is also apparently responsible for introducing Cristal and Dom Perignon to pals Chistophr “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace and Sean “Diddy” Combs in the late 1980s. On this year’s Rich List, it’s no surprise that champagne is a common denominator. Dre has a line of his fortune-making headphones in the hue of this esteemed beverage, with his “Beats by Dre Studio Colorful Champagne Diamond Headphones”.
Armand de Brignac – or more commonly ‘Ace of Spades’ – bubbled to fame after being featured in Jay-Z’s 1996 clip for ‘Show me what you got’. It is now a stalwart on the bar of celebs getting all up in the club and even included in Oscar goodie bags.
Drake boasts a “24 hour Champagne diet. Spillin’ while I’m sippin” when he teams up with Birdman (who he bumped out from last year’s list) in Money To Blow. Diddy is not one to hold back on a ‘bottle popping’ reference either, “That’s fo’ sho’, bottles that pop” (Bad Boy for Life).
So whether it’s some Armand de Brignac and gold dust, or some Spumante and edible glitter, revel in knocking back the briny liquor, effervescent glory and glittery regalia of this dish fit for cash kings.
Golden Oysters with Champagne, Pomegranate Jewels & Edible Glitter
- 1 dozen oysters
- Gold edible spray paint*
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 bottle champagne, 125ml set aside for dressing, 625ml set aside for drinking
- Edible glitter*
- Shuck oysters. Gently remove the oysters and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Clean the shells, removing all excess meat and flesh. Dry the shells, then coat them with edible gold spray paint, and leave to dry thoroughly before serving.
Remove seeds from half pomegranate and set these aside for plating.
Juice the other half of the pomegranate with a lemon juicer, or by crushing the seeds in a strainer over a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together pomegranate juice with 1⁄2 cup of champagne.
To assemble oysters, place oyster into golden shell, top with a few pomegranate seeds and drizzle with champagne mixture and sprinkle over some edible glitter.
*These can be purchased at kitchen stores or online
To assemble oysters, place oyster into golden shell, top with a few pomegranate seeds and drizzle with vinaigrette.