So you know how on Saturdays I try to rustle up something suitably yummy for us to make in Jars, well this week I was determined to come up with something really unusual for a”foodie friends” birthday in July.
And a tongue in cheek response to a comment received today:
Exacting Life said in relation to the Armageddon Cupboard
“Sooo impressive! I have never seen a “foodie” pantry before. Most store cupboards include only the plainest ingredients. Pesto, pumpernickel, Thai curry…I love it!”
She is right I suppose – most stores are places for flour and sugar and beans – my cupboard is the cupboard of a self-confessed foodie. I admit it I am a sucker for lovely things on my plate and lovely things in my pantry.
Have you got a pot of chives in your garden? – I have got a fabulous patch in my square foot garden. It is in its second year – so there are more chives to shake a stick at, so I have let a patch go to flower like these, poking through the parsley next door.
How pretty the flowers are – a lovely purpley pinky colour.
So you snip yourself off a handful.
Rinse them well in a bowl of cold water (not because they get dirty but because they attract all the wee beaties in the garden and you really don’t want flies in your vinegar.
Drain them really well and tuck them into a jar of white vinegar – just your ordinary common or garden vinegar (this is the stuff I use for cleaning so it’s nothing posh).
You can collect more flowers as they come into full bloom and add them to the vinegar until the jar is full.
Lid on and in to the cupboard for a couple of weeks or so.
Believe it or not you will then end up with a pale pink vinegar with a lovely delicate “onion” hint that is gorgeous in a salad dressing or sprinkled over boiled new potatoes. Just strain the flowers out and save the vinegar to use.
So that couldn’t be more simple could it?
I’ll pop back in a couple of weeks and add a picture of the “parma violet” coloured vinegar this makes – I think it is going to be a great gift for my “foodie friend”
What do you think?