Strawberry, goat’s cheese and lavender-vinegar salad
1 punnet strawberries
2 tsp black pepper
3-4 tbsp Rozendal Lavender Vinegar
10 oz soft goat’s milk cheese, preferably chevin
3 heads cos lettuce (romaine)
A handful of wild rocket
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Wash, core and halve the strawberries. Place them in a bowl with the pepper and vinegar. Lightly bruise the strawberries with a fork so that their juice blends with the vinegar. Leave to macerate for at least half-an-hour. Wash the lettuce and rocket and tear leaves into a salad bowl. Remove the strawberries from the vinegar and add to the lettuce.
Make the dressing by pouring the vinegar into a jar and adding salt and olive oil. Screw on the lid and give the jar a good shake. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
Pour the dressing into the salad bowl, toss to mix ingredients, then add the cheese. Enjoy outdoors under a shady tree with a glass of your favourite Chardonnay.
Ostrich kebabs glazed with lavender-vinegar
½ lb ostrich fillet or ostrich steak
18 x 8-inch fresh rosemary sprigs
1 punnet Portobello mushrooms
salt, paprika and pepper
oil for frying, preferably olive oil
1 cup Rozendal Lavender Vinegar
Pour the Lavender Vinegar into a small saucepan and place on a very low heat to reduce gently for about an hour or until thick and syrupy. Do not let mixture boil as this will spoil the flavour.
Cut the onions into wedges. Place these on a baking tray with the mushrooms, season and grill in the oven until tender.
Cut the ostrich meat into one-inch cubes, pierce a hole through each cube and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat some oil in a thick-based pan and fry the meat to suit your taste. Bear in mind that ostrich meat has a low fat content and dries out easily, so medium is probably the best option.
Skewer the ostrich, onions and mushrooms on the rosemary sprigs.
Baste with the still-warm Rozendal Lavender Vinegar reduction and devour!
Lamb shanks in green tea vinegar and garlic sauce
4 lamb shanks
¼ cup olive oil
12 baby onions, peeled
2 carrots, diced
3 sticks celery, diced
2 cups dry white wine
½ cup Rozendal Green Tea Vinegar
2 lb tomatoes, blanched and peeled, or 2 x 16oz cans whole peeled tomatoes
4 sprigs rosemary
8 sprigs thyme
6 bay leaves
1 bulb garlic
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Heat oil in a thick-based casserole. Season shanks and brown in oil. Remove meat and set aside. Add onions, carrots and celery to oil and cook over medium heat for five minutes. Add wine and vinegar to deglaze dish and simmer for five minutes. Put shanks back in and add tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, garlic bulb and plenty of black pepper.
Add enough water or stock to just cover shanks. Cover dish, bring to the boil, then transfer to oven. Cook for 2 hours. Stir whenever you remember to ensure shanks cook equally. After 2 hours, remove dish from oven and gently simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Add mushrooms and season to taste. Simmer for a further 15 minutes or until shanks are fall-off-the-bone tender. Stir in parsley and enjoy with creamy mashed potatoes or slow-roasted sweet potatoes.
Roasted quinces with fynbos vinegar and sherry
¼ cup superfine, or castor, sugar
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp Rozendal Fynbos Vinegar
¼ cup semi-sweet sherry
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Peel the quinces and quarter them vertically. Cut around and remove the core. Be careful as it tends to be very hard.
Place all the quince quarters on a roasting tray, core-side up and sprinkle with the sugar. Divide the butter into little nuggets and place one nugget on each piece of quince. Roast for about one-and-a-quarter hours or until deep orange, turning once. Add the sherry and vinegar to the hot pan. Toss to combine and return to the oven for another ten minutes.
Divide into serving dishes and spoon over the golden pan juices. Serve drenched in fresh cream.
Rozendal commissioned the renowned South African cook, Martin Mössmer, to create dishes that use our vinegars to their full potential. The results were spectacular! Of course, a good vinegar can be used in the most simple of ways too.