Chives are the easiest home garden herb to grow and they come back every year without fail. They taste great and also bloom into lovely little purple blossoms. It is these lovely little Lorax style blossoms that we use to make this garlicky flavoured vinegar.
Snip just the blooms from the chives wash and thoroughly dry. I washed and then patted dry with a paper towel, then lay out on a dry paper towel for a few hours until totally dry. Put cleaned blossoms in a clean dry mason jar.
Cover with vinegar of your choice. I used apple cider vinegar, that was all I had at the time, but I think white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar would be really nice too.
Press blossoms down with a spoon to submerge and make sure they get covered in vinegar.
Place the lid on the jar and store in a dark cupboard for about two weeks.
After two weeks you have this pinkish purple liquid, when you take the lid off it will smell like garlic chives. It does smell really good! Strain vinegar through a cheese cloth into a clean dry bottle or jar.
Use in favourite salad dressings, vinaigrette or any recipe where you would use vinegar.
Evie wanted a little fairy garden for a long time, then she saw some pictures on pinterest, then our neighbor put some old pots out on the curb. That was it, she became relentless, it had to be done. Off we went to the garden centre for a few little plants and now we have this little garden sitting in our herb bed amongst the mint.
It was very basic to make and you can find endless instructions on the internet, but really you don’t need instruction to pour some dirt in a pot (broken or unbroken), we upcycled. Tuck in a few little low growing easy care plants into the soil and there you have it. We have since added a little bottle cap seat so a fairy can sit and rest if she needs to.
We finally got to start the garden. We weeded, dug and planted, now we have to just wait. Max kept watch to keep the squirrels out. The whole time we were outside Evie kept asking when we could cut some rhubarb. Our rhubarb is still a small plant with little stalks. I wasn’t sure what to make since we didn’t have much, then I found a rhubarb muffin recipe from Susan (I love this blog) at A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn (www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com), and I had just enough rhubarb to make the cup we needed. The old handmixer we found at an antique store when we were visiting the farm and had to get it. It is perfect for Evie to use. These muffins were so tasty and very moist. We really liked them and will definitely add them to our recipe book to make again. I have a few rhubarb recipes that I love. I have to try to make a couple more before the season ends. Maybe tomorrow morning we will go to the farmers market to get some and make something for dessert tomorrow night.