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NECTARINES WITH LAVENDER AND SAFFRON
Nectarines with lavender and saffron
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Use verjuice

Verjuice is the juice of unripe grapes. Its gentle tartness was used for flavouring as early as the Middle Ages. It was first made from other unripe fruits such as sour plums, gooseberries, sour crab apples and even sorrel and cress before grapes were used.

It was Maggie Beer, the respected Australian cook and food writer who brought verjuice to the modern table. 

A glut of unsold grapes in 1984 prompted the idea. She used it at her restaurant in Barossa Valley, but by 1996 the product was sold internationally. Today there are excellent local labels available.

  • Use verjuice instead of lemon juice or vinegar
  • In salad dressings
  • In marinades
  • To deglaze a pan of sauteed seafood
  • Pour over a roasted chicken towards the end of cooking
  • Spoon over roated beetroot
  • Moisten grilled tomatoes
  • Dress grilled fish


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Recipe by: Maranda Engelbrecht
Serves: 6
Allergens: Gluten free
Dietary considerations: Dairy free / Vegan
Prep time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
1 cup verjuice
1/2 cup sugar
10 saffron threads
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
3 Ruby Diamond nectarines, halved and pitted
6 sprigs of lavender
Cooking instructions:

Combine verjuice, sugar, and saffron in a saucepan and simmer until syrupy. Remove from heat and add lavender flowers. Heat a griddle Teflon pan until warm.

Place the nectarines flesh side down on griddle. Reduce heat, and slowly cook for 5 – 10 minutes. Nectarines should still be firm but heated through.

Remove from griddle and push a wooden skewer through each nectarine to make a tunnel. Remove skewer and replace with lavender sprigs.

Arrange on plate and pour syrup over. Serve with cream, mascarpone or lemon curd. Can also be served on the side as an accompaniment with grilled meat or fish.

Wine: Vergelegen Vin de Florence 2004


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