I recently received a lovely set of Balsamic Vinegars and Olive Oils from Vom Fass. They came in a lovely wooden box and tied up with a pretty yellow ribbon.
Inside was no less than 8 different varieties, including some very unusal ones.
There is a bottle of Aceto Balsamico Di Modena Maletti Italy. I think this is the one we are most familiar with. I love a good Balsamic vinegar. I could eat it just with a spoon, and often just spritz my salads with that and nothing else. This is one of Vom Fass's most popular choices, and no wonder. It is produced in the proper region of vinegar in Italy, Province of Modena. It has 6% of acidity, the king of the balsam, made only from Trebbiano grape and aged in individual small barrels. The juice is concentrated at a maximum, giving a pure and thick syrup used by all the best chef's for dressings and desserts such as ice creams and fruit salads.
There is also a Grape Balsam Vinegar with Lemon and Ginger, a Star Date BalsamVinegar, a Mango Balsam Vinegar, a Fig and Chili Balsam Vinegar and a Raspberry Balsam Vinegar, all produced in Germany as well as some Hazelnut Oil from France and a White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy. All presented in a beautiful box. I am going to have aot of fun trying these out over the next couple of weeks, so look for lots of tasty posts.
The first one I have used is the Grape Balsamic Vinegar with Lemon and Ginger. The grape balsamic vinegar is made from white grape juice. This pulpy and highly aromatic juice is then blended with exclusive wine vinegar from the region Champagne-Ardenne to create an incredibly delicious white balsamic vinegar. This one has been infused with the flavours of lemon and ginger.
I had a nice and punchy flavour, not too sharp and almost sweet, with a nice balance of lemon and ginger flavours. I decided to make a salad dressing with some of this. I was in the mood for salad and the Toddster had taken himself off into town.
The chives are coming up in our garden now and so I thought they would go well with the flavours of this vinegar and I decided to do an all green salad, using baby petit pois, thinly sliced cucumbers, chopped baby gem lettuce, spring onions, fresh flat leaf parsley and some really tasty cured green olives that I like.
One might think that the flavour of green olives would not go with lemon and ginger, but they would be completely wrong. This was a fabulous combination and one I will definitely try again. I loved the flavours of this vinegar!
*Chopped Green Salad with a Grape Balsamic Dressing*Serves 2
a handful of washed and dried flat leaf parsley leaves1 spring onion, coarsely chopped
Prepare two chilled salad plates as follows: Place on the bottom of each plate, half of the chopped lettuce along with half of the parsley leaves. Top with the chopped celery, then the chopped spring onions. Scatter the peas over top along with the sliced cucumber Sprinkle each with half of the sliced olives and then finally sprinkle with half of the chives.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this vinegar and can't wait to get stuck into the rest!
Many thanks to Vom Fass!