April 1st, 2016

This recipe reproduces Roman Imperial flavors as faithfully as possible using ingredients available today. Since sugar was unknown to the Romans, it’s more authentic with pekmez (grape molasses) or honey in sweet and sour dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • 3 Tbsp Apicius Roman blend, ground
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small leek (white part only), chopped
  • ¼ cup wine
  • 3 Tbsp pekmez* or vino cotto or 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
Method

  1. Cut pork into slices 1 inch thick. Season with spices and some salt. Roll each slice in flour. Shake lightly to remove excess flour.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium. Add the oil and brown the pork medallions, about 5 minutes.
  3. Flip each medallion then add the leeks, sprinkling them around the pork. Cook for another 5 minutes, or until the leeks begin to brown.
  4. Deglaze with the wine, then add the pekmez, vinegar, and fish sauce. Reduce the sauce for a few minutes, turning the meat occasionally.

*Pekmez is made from concentrated grape juice, still used in Turkey (it can be found under the name “grape molasses”). In Italy, it’s called vino cotto.
Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

April 1st, 2016

An easy vegetarian side dish or hearty lunch. Classical Roman chefs wouldn’t have used sugar, but grape molasses (pekmez) or honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large leek
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Apicius Roman blend, ground
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup pekmez* or 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar
Method

  1. Wash the leek and cut into ½ inch (1.5 cm) slices.
  2. Heat a pot on medium. Sauté the leek in the oil for around 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and spices. Toss in the pan for another minute.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Adjust the flavours to your taste with the salt, vinegar and pekmez.

*Pekmez is made from concentrated grape juice, still used in Turkey (it can be found under the name “grape molasses”). In Italy, it’s called vino cotto.
Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

March 1st, 2016

This sauce, by definition is a French classic.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 Tbsp boiling water
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ lb (225 gr.) hot, unsalted, melted butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp 8 pepper blend, finely ground
  • Head of broccoli
Method

  1. Place the egg yolks in a high, narrow container that can easily accommodate a hand blender.
  2. Blend enough to homogenise the yolks (5 seconds). Stream in the boiling water, while continuing to blend (10 seconds). Incorporate the lemon juice.
  3. Pour the hot butter in a stream – mixing constantly (10 – 15 seconds). Add salt and the 8 pepper blend.
  4. Steam broccoli and set aside.
  5. Pour your mongrel sauce over and serve!
  6. Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

February 1st, 2016
Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups diced canned pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups carrots, grated
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Silk Road Blend, ground

Icing Ingredients:

  • ¼ lb butter
  • ¼ lb cream cheese
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A little cream or milk
Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer.
  • Add the pineapple and carrots. Mix well.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredient mixture to the first mixture little by little, alternating with the oil.
  • Pour into two 9 x 9 pans and bake for 1 hour.
  • While the cake is cooking, stir all the icing ingredients together, adding a little milk or cream according to the desired consistency.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before taking them out of the pans.
  • Ice the first cake with icing, and finish the remaining icing on the second cake.
  • Cut yourself a slice, sit back, and kick up your feet and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

January 1st, 2016
Ingredients:

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 slice of ginger, chopped
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • Fresh Habanero pepper, chopped to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Trinidad Spice Mix, ground
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt, to taste
Method
Clean the kale well and remove the thick stems. Chop the leaves and set aside.
Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, shallots, chile and curry.
Cook slowly until fragrant (4 – 5 minutes) stirring regularly.
Add the coconut milk and salt. Bring to a boil.
Add the kale, in portions if necessary. Bring to a boil again and let boil until the kale is tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

December 1st, 2015
Ingredients:

  • Lemonade:
  • Syrup, prepared and refrigerated
  • 2 star anise
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Cold water
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)*
Method
In a pot, combine the syrup ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let the syrup cool.In a jug, mix the syrup with the lemon juice and cold water in whichever proportions suit your taste.

Serve fresh. The spices can be strained out of the lemonade prior to serving or left in. Replace the water with rum and soda to make a punch that packs a punch!

Balancing the Lemonade
Too strong? Add more cold water.
Too weak? Add syrup and lemon juice.
Too sour? Add syrup.
Too sugary? Add lemon juice (not water).

November 1st, 2015

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp Gorria pepper, ground
  • 1 can (28oz/900g) peeled tomatoes
  • 4-6 eggs
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Basil, chopped
  • salt
Method
In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Add the onion, kale, and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the cumin and Gorria pepper and stir. Add the tomatoes.

Lower the heat and continue to cook until the sauce begins to thicken.

Make 6 small holes in the sauce and crack the eggs into each one.

Cover and continue to cook over low heat until the eggs are poached (about 5 minutes).

Garnish with the goat cheese (or garlic yogurt) and decorate with a pinch of pepper.

Garnish with the parsley and basil.

August 29th, 2012

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin Ortiz Yellowfin Ventresca Tuna
  • 1 bunch arugula or spicy greens
  • 1/3 cup Meski olives, pitted and quartered
  • 1/4 cup Marcona almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • Half of a grapefruit
  • 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/8 cup Agro Dulce white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Peel grapefruit with a sharp knife down to the flesh, removing all the rind and membrane. Cut the sections free, slicing carefully along the membranes.

Combine the orange juice, white wine vinegar, and olive oil in a bowl and whisk together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss arugula and grapefruit with vinaigrette. Top with ventresca tuna, and finish by lightly sprinkling on Marcona almonds and Meski olives.

August 29th, 2012

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Ortiz Sardines a la Antigua
  • 4 oz. Vermont Cultured Butter with Sea Salt Crystals
  • 1/2 Loaf of Zingerman’s Bakehouse White, sliced
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and allow the butter to come up to room temperature.

Quarter the bread slices by cutting them from corner to corner.

Place the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 1-2 minutes, or until they’re a nice golden brown. Flip the bread and toast for another minute or so. Remove the toast points from the oven and allow them to completely cool.

Spread a generous amount of butter on each toast point and place 1/3 of a sardine on each one. Add fresh cracked black pepper to taste.

July 5th, 2012

If you think of vinegar as something which only adorns your leafy salads, it’s time to expand your horizons. Here are a few uses for vinegar which go beyond the vinaigrette.

Brighten up your cooking
Add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to your cooked lentils, stew or soup for a burst of flavor and acidity. Start with: Capirete 20 Year Sherry Vinegar for tomato soup, Gar Rioja Vinegar with black lentils and tomatoes or Gingras Apple Cider Vinegar in beef stew.

Deglaze for great sauces
Use vinegar to deglaze your pan for a flavorful, tangy sauce. Start with: Sweet Cava Vinegar for fish, Capirete Sweet PX Vinegar for red meat, Gingras Balsamic-Style Cider Vinegar for pork or Banyuls Vinegar for greens and other vegetables.

Marinate your meat
Many vinaigrette recipes work wonders as a meat marinade. Ask for a copy of our vinaigrette recipes and use them to marinate or sauce your preferred source of protein. Start with: Spanish Smoke Vinaigrette or Fabulous French Vinaigrette for chicken or Pumpkin Butter Vinaigrette or Cider Vinaigrette for pork.

Reduce it to a glaze or gastrique
A simple glaze can be made by reducing the vinegar by half and then stirring in some honey until combined. A gastrique also starts out by reducing the vinegar by half, then adding some stock, reducing the liquid further and then stirring in fruit or preserves. Start with: Katz Zinfandel Vinger/honey glaze for over fruit, cheese, lamb or beef, or Katz Zinfandel Vinegar/plum preserve gastrique for duck breast.

Drink a dose
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds a touch of flavor and acidity to your water, but a splash of
vinegar will take things to another level. Try pouring a tablespoon of your favorite vinegar into a glass of sparkling water, with or without simple syrup to sweeten it up. Start with: Acetorium Fig Vinegar, Allure Raspberry Syrah Vinegar or Katz Sauvignon Blanc Vinegar.

Bake a vinegar pie
We seem to have lost the tradition of vinegar pies, but that doesn’t mean our modern palates can’t appreciate them. Ask for a copy of our recipes for Balsamic Vinegar Pie or Cider Vinegar Pie and make your next baked good the talk of the town. Start with: Vecchia Dispensa Balsamic Vinegar (8 year profile) or Katz Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar.

Enjoy it straight up
Sometime vinegar is best on its own. A nice, viscous vinegar with lower acidity doesn’t need to be reigned in. Start with: Vecchia Dispensa Balsamic Vinegar (16, 20 or 30 year profiles) over parmigiano reggiano cheese, beef carpaccio or dark chocolate and berries, Rozendal Fynbos Vinegar over cooked meats or fish or Rozendal Hibiscus Vinegar drizzled over fruit or sipped as an after dinner digestif.

Mix up a ‘shrub’
Colonial Americans preserved fruit in a syrup called a shrub which was made of fruit, sugar & vinegar. The shrub adds flavor and acidity to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and can stay in the fridge for up to a year. Mix your shrub with seltzer water, wine, ginger ale or liquor.

Recipe for about 3 cups of shrub
Mix 1 cup washed, crushed fruit and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl. Cover and let sit in the fridge until the juice leaves the fruit and mixes with the sugar to form a syrup. This may take hours…or days. (Plan ahead!) Once the syrup is formed, strain the fruit out and whisk in 1 cup of vinegar. Transfer to a clean bottle. Label and date it, sticking it in the fridge for about a week or until the sugar is completely disolved.

Get creative with your combinations
Start with: Vecchia Dispensa Balsamic Vinegar (6 year profile)/cherry shrub, Txacoli Orduña Vinegar/peach shrub or Forvm Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar/raspberry shrub.

Sautéed Sole with Cava Vinegar Sauce

from ‘Guide to Good Eating’ by Ari Weinzweig pg. 90

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp capers, preferably packed in salt (1 oz)
  • 4 fresh sole fillets, 2-3 oz each
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cava vinegar
  • coarse sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
If you’re using salted capers, soak them in a bit of warm water for 20 to 30 minutes, changing the
water halfway through. Drain the water, rinse the capers, and dry them on a paper towel.

Season the sole fillets with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a heavy sauté pan over mediumhigh
heat. Add the sole and cook for 1 minute, then turn and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, until just done. Slide the fish out onto warm plates and leave the pan on the heat. Deglaze by quickly adding the vinegar and the capers to the hot pan. The vinegar will bubble furiously. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the pan and collect the bits and pieces of fish that are left behind. Pour over the fish and serve hot.