New ingredient

I found a recipe for a salad dressing that called for balsamic vinegar cream. In my local grocery store there was something called “glaze with balsamic vinegar”. Basically reduced balsamic vinegar, I thought, so I bought it.

The proportions specified are 1:1 with olive oil, then season to taste. It was fantastic! Really so much better than a regular vinaigrette, which is always a bit on the tart side for my taste.

A good basic standby salad – mixed greens, pumpkin seeds, goats cheese, grated beets, mini tomatoes, dill.

The recipe is from a cookbook called “Whitewater Cooks” by Shelley Adams¬†that I adore. She lives in Nelson, BC. Lakeside in the summer and skiing some of the best powder in the world in the winter. We stopped through Nelson on the way back from Calgary last summer and it was even better than I imagined it would be.

The restaurants, even the fast breakfast joints, are really, really good. The ingredients are fresh, organic and local. Even though we were only in town for less than 24 hours, we got a real sense of the closeness of the community. And there is an amazing independent bookstore on the high street that I would love to own.

At this point in my life, I just can’t live that far away from an International airport. That is sad. But someday…

Nelson Summer 2010

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