For the past 3 days I have had a love affair with balsamic vinegar. It began during preparation for wednesday’s lunch. I had a hankering for one of those mile high sandwiches: toast, light glaze of mayo, lettuce, cucumber, mozzarella, green olives (have we discussed my love for all things olive?), and the juiciest hunkin’ slab of tomato evah. It was as I gazed at the glistening sparkle of my tomato that I realized that I wanted, no needed, to add another flavor sensation. I rooted around our pantry until I found it- balsamic vinegar.
A few shakes of the bottle and my sandwich was complete. And it was good. Damn good. So good that when I had my 15 reduced fat kettle corn potato chips on the side I felt they looked a bit naked. So I sploshed some vinegar on them and smiled at the tart waft of loveliness rising up to meet my nose.
Yesterday I had to attempt to recreate wednesday’s sandwich. And it was ok, not quite as earth shattering as the original, but extremely tasty nonetheless. By yesterday evening, however, I was on a quest to create another meal that would feature my new best friend. I wanted some pasta. And maybe some peas. And would it be weird if I added some vinegar?
What I created was insanely delicious. So so good. I cooked some chopped onions and chopped garlic in some EVO. While they were cooking I halved the rest of my container of grape tomatoes. Then I added the tomatoes to the pan, some frozen peas, a dash of basil, oregano, salt, garlic pepper, and (you guessed it) balsamic vinegar. I let everything dance together while the pasta cooked and then I had a little civil union ceremony with everyone on my stove.
Insanely good. I swear.
I am amused that I am having this vinegar lovefest. It makes me wonder if my tastes are changing with a season or if there some sort of nutritional ingredient in vinegar that my body is craving/lacking? I have this odd need to try it on watermelon. What is that about?
What accidental gourmet meals have you prepared? Were you able to duplicate them later?
P.S. Thank you oodles for all of the love on my last post. It means so so much. One hurdle down, 20 million more to go…But it is damn wonderful to not be alone on this journey.