Over the weekend, my daughter’s paternal grandparents came for a visit. During an outing, we came up on a store I’d passed by a hundred times but never ventured into–a boutique devoted exclusively to oils and vinegars. “Really,” I thought, “what could be any better than balsamic vinegar and olive oil?” Well, now I know! Vinegar may not be able tocatch flies, but it sure did keep me engaged for 30 minutes.
As we entered the shop, a large round table filled with small bowls awaited. Through the clear glass glistened shades of amber, berry, and olive. Dipping a small toothpick into the bowl only offered me what I thought would be a meager portion, but as I touched it to my tongue, favors blossomed inside my mouth. I imagine this is what Violet felt like in Willy Wonka as she chewed the three-course-meal chewing gum.
I could spend this entire posting describing each delectable choice. I dared not try every kind–I want an excuse to return! What I received for my Mother’s Day gift was a fruity elderberry/apple/lime vinegar and a citrusy lime riesling grapeseed oil. Needless to say, I could barely wait to open the bottles Sunday night and begin creating.
So what can you do with flavored oils and vinegars? Let me make a few suggestions:
Needless to say, another blog post may focus on how to make such concoctions in the context of your own kitchen, but I will admit, what a pleasure to sit and enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labor–a great Mother’s Day present for sure!