Thursday, September 20, 2012

first world problems: balsamic vinegar dilemma

we shall call the summer of 2012 "the summer of balsamic vinegars"

because 'tis the summer of mr p and i acquiring more balsamics at each food event we attended.  recently we discovered that we enjoy either balsamic and olive oil (or even JUST balsamic vinegar!) as salad dressing.  no need to worry about the mustard, the sugar, the salt and pepper, the lemon juice, the garlic.... that's way too complicated (but tastes good too when we have a chance to whip it up)

we first slimmed the recipe down to balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  we quickly realized that balsamic vinegar by itself is ALMOST as satisfying as it is mixed with oil.  on a small salad, it doesn't make a big difference, larger salads need the extra boost of richness from the oil.

so, last night i had a dilemma: which balsamic vinegar to use for dressing on my dinner salad??
(this is why mr p shouldn't leave me by myself!! i fret over the simplest things!)

i realize this is a rather silly situation.  it's a feat for some people just to stock ONE kind of balsamic vinegar in their cupboards.

i've just come to accept that fact that some people buy designer shoes and handbags, while mr p and i buy specialty vinegars, oils, cured meats, and cheeses (at least it's something we BOTH get to enjoy, right? right.)

so... fig .  i chose fig-infused balsamic vinegar.
it was chosen over black walnut, pomegranate, mango, and extra aged.

mr p left me for LA with a fridge full of fruits and veggies, so i suppose i will get to try a salad with each of the rest of the vinegars by the time he gets back... if i can eat a salad that many times in a row and NOT opt for the entire blueberry pie he ALSO left me :P



Unknown said...

that salad looks delicious! Fun fact: we LOVE balsamic in our house... and were very disappointed to find out on our month spent in Italy this last summer... that they hardly use it! STRANGE! xo

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

I couldn't even get past "the summer of balsamic vinegars". you crack me up! I, for one, would also be the girl who would buy condiments over shoes and bags. who are we??

kelly : pinetothepacific said...

this is hilarious...i often have these stressful dinner situations, whether it's about which mustard, condiment, etc. that balsamic looks delish!

JacPfef said...

that salad looks AMAZING. I usually use balsamic as salad dressing too. try it whisked with a little bit of honey, it'll change your life.

Loulou said...

This is so interesting. Recently I was treated to a balsamic vinegar and olive oil tasting (served separately) at a gourmet food place where I had gone to pick up our usual balsamic. I was blown away by the difference in flavors in each of the vinegars and olive oils. And ended up coming home with a different vinegar than I had gone in to buy! However I've not yet tried a salad dressed with vinegar only.

Dee Paulino said...

That salad looks yummie :)

trishie said...

Fig infused balsamic vinegar sounds soooo yum!