Happy 2016 readers! I hope the holidays treated y’all well and kept everyone’s stomachs full. There are many updates I will make at a later point. I have been extremely busy with recipe development, overcoming personal struggles and refocusing my culinary creativity.
Over the holidays I was fortunate to collaborate with several companies that were very generous in providing me with products to play with. I visited an old friend in Texas who has a fantastic olive oil and vinegar shop. Charles and I met several years ago. I was fascinated with his company, the Virgin Olive Oiler. I have followed its growth over the years, extremely proud of his progress.
He stocks a numerous amount of high-grade olive oils and noteworthy vinegars; however one has always stood out to my palate above the rest. A Honey Serrano Artisanal vinegar that hits every tastebud point from spicy to sweet to tart. I want to use this vinegar in a shrub (colonial era cocktail), however during my cultural research and culinary experimentation recently, I found a more unorthodox use for vinegar that piqued my interest.
I would like to share the subsequent recipe as my contribution to Our Growing Edge this month. There once was a little girl from Borneo; a blogger of ambiguous age and eclectic life stories. Her name is Jess and she is this month’s host.
In South Africa, influenced by French, Dutch and British cuisine, they cook up an array of desserts they call Poedings. The end result is similar to a moist coffee cake or a pineapple upside down cake. Easily customizable you can add spices or change the jam. I found one that calls for vinegar and if I was going to do some trials, considering the ample variety of vinegars that the Virgin Olive Oiler carries, I would focus on trying different vinegars.
NOTES: The recipe looks unusual going into the oven. Do not worry. The syrup soaks into the batter as it bakes and migrates to the bottom of the dish. Once it is done, there will be sauce in the base of the dish to spoon over each portion. You can serve this dessert with whipped cream or ice cream.
This dessert will twist your tongue with it’s name and flavor. I baked this cake and ate the whole thing in less than 48 hours. Side note, it goes great with your coffee in the morning. It is addictive, so be careful, but do it anyway. Thanks Charles! Now can anyone say asynpoeding 5 times fast?
Happy Edge Growing…