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Aromatic Vinegar

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Recipe Ingredients

1 splash  Good wine vinegar
2   Garlic cloves - crushed
1   Bay leaf
1 tablespoon 15mlMixed Herbs - (listed below)
  Sage leaves - to taste
2   Whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlWhole coriander
  Mixed Herbs
1 tablespoon 15mlMinced fresh savory - (heaping)
1 tablespoon 15mlMinced fresh thyme - (heaping)
1 tablespoon 15mlMinced fresh oregano - (heaping)
1 teaspoon 5mlFinely-crumbled fresh rosemary
1   Bay leaf - finely crumbled

Recipe Instructions

For the Vinegar: Reduce the vinegar by half over high heat (the fumes are choking -- close the kitchen door and open a window), about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove it from the heat and add the garlic, bay leaf, Mixed Herbs, a few sage leaves, cloves and coriander. Leave it covered for several hours or overnight. Place a cloth or several pieces of cheesecloth over a funnel and strain the vinegar into a bottle.

For the Mixed Herbs: Cultivated marjoram may, by all means, be added and, if one likes, a couple of leaves each of sage and dried mint, crumbled finely. Combine the savory, thyme, oregano, rosemary and bay leaf. Store in a small, tightly closed jar. Leftover Mixed Herbs would go nicely in an omelet or vinaigrette. (Makes about 5 tablespoons)

"The Los Angeles Times, 09-25-2002"


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