Versatile eggplant is the perfect base for a cooked salad spiced up with international flavors such as mint and pomegranate molasses for a Turkish take or rice vinegar, ginger and garlic for a Chinese-inspired dish.
Drinking vinegars are hard to classify and shelve since they can fit into many categories, from sports drink to cocktail mixer. The Vermont Switchel Company, which manufactures a variety made with apple cider vinegar, ginger and molasses, is hesitant to limit its product to one area of the store, but recognizes that it is the best way to ensure growth. "The industry wants [Switchel] to be neatly categorized ... Part of me wants the world to bend so that it doesn't have to be, but I know that won't happen," said founder Susan Alexander.
The drink called a shrub is making a comeback at home bars and historical restaurants after decades of being replaced with commercialized substitutes. In the 19th century, a shrub was created with a mixture of fruit, vinegar, sugar and other flavors that was mixed with sparkling water or alcohol.
Out-of-the-ordinary condiments can help you make tastier burgers. With chicken or turkey patties, pesto and mozzarella cheese are suitable garnishes. Executive chef Ron Korn tops his burgers with a savory relish made with green peppers, onions, cider vinegar, mustard seed and other spices.
A new survey has listed Worcestershire sauce as Britain's most prominent culinary contribution. Made from fermented anchovies, vinegar, molasses and spices, the sauce has a unique flavor that can be used in foods or beverages ranging from a hamburger to a Bloody Mary.