I’m sitting here waiting for our food delivery from Whole Foods. I’m making risotto for dinner tonight, with a nice tossed salad. Friends who, like me, are itching to get away from all things football related, will be here later. We’re going to watch , “Russian Dolls” which was recommended highly by my friend, Scott.
I’m feeling good today. Have been fence sitting about an issue that is very important to me, the details of which are not important here. Long story short is that I have resolved the issue in my own mind and heart, and feel totally at peace. Turning in a new, more exciting direction.
Things are incredibly good right now. I feel so awake and alive…..so damned healthy. I’m smiling most of the time. So happy. My career has just turned a corner. I am elated.
I have always loved the variety offered by the addition of vinegar to a meal. In fact, when I had my own catering company (“Artichoke”) I developed my own line of herbed/spiced vinegar that I hand-crafted and sold to my customers. I sold it faster than I could make it, but I never did have it manufactured. Guess I should have, because people sure loved it.
Fast forward to our first stint living in Portland. One of the first things we did was try out Pok-Pok, a world renowned Thai/Vietnamese restaurant that serves and sells bottled drinking vinegar, also known as “shrubs”. The first flavor I tried was honey, and it was delicious. That was my first experience with the stuff, and I’ve never forgotten it. Now, we live 1/2 block from Pok-Pok, so I have them often.
Drinking vinegar. It doesn’t sound good. Does it? I mean, who relishes the thought of taking a big swig of sour vinegar on a hot day? Well…I do….because drinking vinegars are different.
You should understand that not all drinks that have a vinegar base are equal. Some are simply comprised of water, apple cider vinegar and sugar or fruit juice. Others add colony-forming probiotics. The SOM brand that I purchase at Pok-Pok is hand-crafted and contains many herbs, spices, probiotics and other things that make them special.
Our son-in-law, Nathan, made some incredible raspberry drinking vinegar last summer. He did a raspberry concentrate that he stirred into the vinegar after everything was fermented. It was light, refreshing and amazing! The flavors are so bright with these drinking vinegars. They quinch the thirst like nothing else, so why not give them a try. You can buy Som online, or here’s a recipe for you to make your own. They are fantastic!
Lavender Plum Drinking Vinegar
8 red plums, chopped
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 (1-in.) fresh culinary lavender sprigs
1 vanilla bean, split
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 1/4 cups bourbon or rye whiskey
6 cups club soda
lavender sprigs and plum slices, for garnish
How to Make It
together 8 red plums, chopped, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed
light brown sugar, 2 fresh culinary lavender sprigs, and 1 vanilla
bean, split, in a medium bowl. Cover tightly, and let stand at room
temperature 2 days.
lavender sprigs and vanilla bean, and stir in 1 1/2 cups apple cider
vinegar. Cover and chill 24 hours. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh
strainer into a small pitcher, discarding fruit.
each serving, pour 1/4 cup of the syrup over ice in a 12-ounce glass
and stir in 3 tablespoons bourbon or rye whiskey. Top each with 1/2 cup
club soda. Garnish with lavender sprigs and plum slices.