Thursday, May 5, 2011

Is Spring Really Finally Here???

I spent the whole day out in the garden today--it was beautiful!  Couldn't have asked for better weather for the hard work it can be cleaning up the gardens, moving and splitting plants--so satisfying to have my hands in the dirt.  So satisfying to feel like I am helping mother earth along to warmer days, and a bountiful harvest!

My chives are up about 8 inches so far...won't be long until the flowers appear, only another few weeks.  They are so pretty...and did you know edible too?  You can use them to top a salad or garnish a meal, but here is what I use them for every year--once  you start, I am sure you won't stop either :)

Chive Vinegar

3-4 pint jars and lids
4 chive flower heads per jar
white vinegar to fill the jars

Wash the flowers and set in the jars.  Fill the jars with vinegar.  Place in a cool, dark place (like your fruit cellar or pantry cupboard) for at least a couple of weeks.  The flowers will turn the vinegar a beautiful pink colour, and will flavour the vinegar subtly with chive.

Tip:  in any recipe, substitute the chive vinegar for regular or red wine vinegar--yummy!

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