Balsamic Reduction - Honey & Rooibos - Cape Treasures
A rich, dark vinegar reduction with satisfying viscosity and distinctive notes of honey, supported by the sweet, herby, 'tea' notes of Rooibos.
Its the well modulated sweetness and warmth that earn this infusion its fans: its gentle enough for a 'yellow, orange and red' salad, with sufficient presence to stand its ground with pork and game birds.
A great friend of mustard - it works exceedingly well in a mustard sauce - provides the sweet and sour 'bookends' that make mustard flavours glow.
Brush the cut ends of a pork belly with reduction before cooking, and again while its resting (avoid the crackling - it will spoil the crackle!). Meantime, make a green apple sauce to serve on the side; add a splash or two (taste before adding the second!) of reduction to the pan juices, thicken with a few spoons of the apple sauce (it will add an intriguing 'echo')...
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