Adventures in flowers continue!
According to Wikipedia:
Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient, but historically, as the most easily available mild acid, it had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses, some of which (such as a general household cleanser) are still promoted today.
How positively un-poetic!
I do love a vinegar - besides the basic white, so vital for cleaning, I have a whole stash of flavoured vinegar for cooking.
And while I adore a good champagne vinegar, my heart has, heretofore, belonged to balsamic vinaigrette, the older the better.
But thanks to Martha Stewart, vinegar is about to become a little more romantic...
In the July issue of Martha Stewart Living, Martha included a recipe for a lovely herb blossom vinegar:
Infuse distilled white vinegar with various herb blossoms, such as elderflower, chive, and Thai basil, to make vinaigrettes and sauces. First, fill a glass container half- way with washed, cut blossoms, then pour white vinegar to the top. Cover and store in a cool, dark place for three days. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discard the blossoms, and pour the vinegar back into the bottle. It will have taken on the delicate taste of the herb, plus a blush color. Garnish with leftover herbs if you plan to serve immediately, but be sure to remove them before storing in a cool, dark place for up to a month.
Well of course I had to try it!
I will share the results in the next few days, but isn't that divine looking?
It looks like something that Puck would splash on his salad out in the woods while making mischief (or something that the Littlest Rascal might splash on those stinging nettles..)
Surely it will make the menu on some fairy romp in the back yard?
Really, a meal out of doors is the most divine aspect of summer. It is often hard to achieve here without a bug net, thanks to the mosquitoes and black flies, but the mere thought of it makes me all happy inside, as per these images:
If these are too fancy for you, a picnic is always just the thing...
I will bring the vinegar!
Have a great day! and Happy 4th to my American friends!
Stay safe out there!