So, what have I been using these essences for? Since I haven't had any finished recipes I've started easy. Doing simple, near fool proof, dishes just to get to get the feel for each essence. Initially I thought that the Grand Fir one would be the hardest one to use, it smells very assertively and resiny. A scent that I associate with masculinity, winter, deep forests and green Wunderbaums, hanging in cars belonging to guys with shady intentions. Fortunately, I've been delighted to find several great uses for it. I've tried adding a drop to a basic balsamic vinaigrette dressing, that works great with veggie salads or Greek salads, especially with sweet ripe tomatoes and feta cheese.
|Veggies with Balsamic Fir Vinaigrette|
Balsamic Fir Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegraitte
1 small drop Grand Fir Essence
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything in a small bowl. Taste!
Salad to go with the dressing
Use the any ones you like of the following:
Tomatoes, the sweeter and riper the better
Cut up the veggies and feta. Put everything in a salad bowl. Either pour the dressing all over the salad or serve on the side.
A well known chefs proverb is "Grows together, goes together". Here in Sweden I think the fir is the most common tree, especially up north there are vast forests of them. All over the forest floor wild lingonberries grow. Their taste reminds me a bit about cranberries, but they are smaller, harder and tarter. The most common use for them is making jam. I was very curious about how lingonberries would take to the Grand Fir Essence so I made a quick, not so sweet, version of lingonberry jam to try. It turned out great, an interesting, and somehow deeper tasting, version of a Swedish classic.
Lingonberry Forest Relish
This is somewhere between a jam and a relish. For making jam, just boil the berries a bit longer and add more sugar.
1 cup of lingonberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 drop Grand Fir Essence
Put lingonberries, sugar and water in a pot.
Boil for a few minutes until the berries start breaking up.
Add the drop of Grand Fir Essence.
Stir and serve.
Great served with Swedish meatballs.
So, this is enough cooking for today. I have several more posts coming up using the other two essences, so stay tuned :)
The essences were sent to me for trial.