Although I am far from being a professional
writer, I’m often compelled to tell a story every now
and then. This story is about my world, how I see it, the people that care about
me, how I care for them, and about the precious moments in the life of my
My family lives in a small house and sometimes I have an urge to move. But even if one-day I should find my dream house, I would not be able to take my neighbors with me. We became very close. Different people, different cultures, but one thing in common – we care about each other. If we go on a trip and the kids are staying with their grandmother, I always know that they will have plenty of milk, eggs, and bread. My grass will be cut and my cat will be fed. We exchange presents on holidays; we always share the most delicious food and we laugh together.
Our neighbors have a wonderful vegetable garden with tomatoes, pumpkins, and cucumbers. It also has an amazing variety of herbs: rosemary, thyme, dill, fennel, basil (purple and green), and mint, but not just any mint – lemon mint, peppermint mint, and chocolate mint. And of course the lavender, after all, what garden can be without such an aromatic beauty.
From time to time, I find lovely gifts on my doorstep. It can be a bowl of
cherry tomatoes, bread with shallots, a bunch of herbs, or even a flower.
A few days ago, I found a ruby red bottle with delicious homemade vinegar. Oh, the aroma of the garlic and basil immediately makes imagine all of the possible dishes that I could cook with it.
I come up with this recipe that I’d like to share it with you. And we are not going to eat that alone tonight. Guess who is coming to dinner :-))
Homemade Vinegar & Marinated Mushrooms
- Ingredients for marinated mushrooms:
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds baby portobello or button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
- 1/3 cup homemade vinegar
- 3-4 shallots, sliced
- 1 small bunch fresh thyme
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Ingredients for homemade vinegar:
- garden herbs - red basil, fennel
Add 1/4 cup olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the mushrooms and cook them for about 3 minutes.
Stir in shallots, then the homemade vinegar and thyme.
Pour over the remaining olive oil and season the mixture with salt and pepper.
Pour into a bowl and allow to cool. Serve at room temperature.
DzoliAugust 27, 2011 at 6:48 am
Isn't it lovely to have neigbours liek that.Although I can not complain..I have godo neigbours aswell.We mostly exchange produce taht we do not have in our gardens;)
The Culinary LensAugust 28, 2011 at 9:52 am
Good recipes but your still lives are fantastic
restful.usAugust 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm
With the amount of love your neighbors have shown, they might as well decide to move with you! Never know. 🙂
Homemade vinegar sounds perfect. All shop varieties seem to contain sulphur nowadays, which I'm not particularly fond of, and no one probably should. I wonder if homemade ones contain any preservatives of this type?
Have a bright day!
YelenaAugust 30, 2011 at 2:15 am
I am not sure how it's done, but I will ask my neigbour next time I will see him.
Thank you for kind comment, your blog is so interesting and your words are beautiful!
Kim - Liv LifeSeptember 19, 2011 at 2:48 am
What a wonderful post! And your photos? Simply beautiful! Saw your pic on FPD, and had to check out the mushroom recipe, but I truly enjoyed your whole post. So nice to "meet" you!