Thursday, April 06, 2006
The Case of Strawberry Vinaigrette
With the curious inquiry of Passionate Eater , I decided to run a test of how celery could add a flavor to the vinaigrette. I still have some strawberries I bought fresh from Baguio, so tried my own recipe sans the celery. The result is the same sweet-sour taste with the acidity higlighted by the cane vinegar. The fruity sweetness however seems to be lacking, even with an added amount of honey. I didn't want it to taste "purely strawberry" or else my vinaigrette will be mistaken as a fruitshake. So I've decided to compare it with my original recipe. I took a sample and then I added a stalk of celery to the rest of the mixture.
The celery acted as a good complement for the taste. I've made a taste test with our two lady cooks. Both of them agreed that the "celery powered" vinaigrette tastes better - " the taste is more full and vibrant than the other one," Manang Linda commented.
So here's a picture of a salad I made just today for my community. This is a combination of greens, pine nuts, prunes, straberries and shreds of manchego cheese drizzled with olive oil. I'm just lucky that I've found a strawberry wine in our refrigirator so I've completed an all strawberry theme for this: