Persian Lime EVOO, Harissa EVOO, Bluberry Balsamic Vinegar
I was thrilled that Kate thought to send these beautiful little bottles of exotic oils and vinegar to me, but I admit I have been a bit intimidated by them and was hesitant to try them out... until just recently.
The Captain and I went out for a 2 hour walk in the sunshine on Friday morning. We kept up a good brisk pace as we trekked along the waterfront pathway above the Strait of Juan de Fuca, then around the point into the Inner Harbour, where we stopped and had a bit of a snack... apples and cashews... then carried on through the Harbour to China Town and then completed the circle back at our front door.
We were both very hungry when we arrived home... The Captain's mouth was watering for some Chinese Food, so I prepared a big saucepan full of udon noodles, cut up onions, shredded cabbage and some slivers of leftover cooked pork roast, all in a nice broth.. then set to work on a big salad for me.
I have been daydreaming about a delicous spinach salad that I had at an Ikea store in Vancouver several months ago, and I had a hunch that I could come up with something similar using the Blueberry Balsamic vinegar. And I was right!
I mixed 1 tsp of EVOO with 2 tsp of the vinegar in a little bowl and then tasted it. It was sweet and thick and kinda syrupy and just wonderful!
So I put togther my salad... I started with a bed of spinach and black kale mixture, then slices of leftover baked chicken breast, some dried cranberries and a couple of tablespoons of almond slivers that I had quickly toasted in a non-stick pan on the stove while prepping the Captain's soup. Then I drizzled that EVOO/vinegar mixture over the top and sat down to thoroughly enjoy the best salad I have had in ages.
Every bite was absolutely delightful and I oohed and aahed all the way through lunch. The Captain even said he could smell the blueberries from the vinegar across the table!
Now I am so excited to try out the oils, too... these little bottles have opened my eyes to a whole new world of flavors.. thanks so much, Kate!
Have you tried Persian Lime EVOO or Harissa EVOO?
Do you use flavored oils and vinegars in your cooking? What's your favorite?