Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend reads and being kitchen-y...

This weekend I'm reading A Triple Knot by Emma Campion.  I've stalled out on my reading once more -- I went on a refrigerator pickling tear earlier this week so at least I was productive!

We had a huge amount of produce from our CSA about to go off so I did some googling and discovered that a cup of white vinegar, boiled with spices, and poured over veggies makes an excellent pickle. (This recipe was my blueprint although I played fast and loose with amounts.)

I ended up making "traditional" pickles with dill, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and celery seeds, a more "Asian" inspired batch with ginger, mirin, and all spice, some garlicky greens with red pepper flakes, a pseudo-giardiniera, and my triumph, blueberries and white peaches pickled with cinnamon, clove, and honey.  The only problem: these pickles only last about ten days and it's waaaaay more than my wife and I can consume in that time.  (Here's hoping my friends enjoy them as I plan to spend the weekend foisting pickles on them!)

What are you reading this weekend? And do you have any ambitious kitchen/cooking plans?

6 comments:

  1. I've been admirably trying to use all of the squash our garden is producing! I've had to get pretty creative, but so far, so good!

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  2. Your pickles sound delicious to me! I'm reading Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen.

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  3. Triple Knot will keep you going I am sure. It was good though that cover seemed irrelevant. Good luck on the pickles. I think your friends will be very happy to receive them.

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  4. Ooh, I live pickles, I'm sure your friends will appreciate them! :)

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    1. Of course I mean I LOVE pickles, not I live them!

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  5. I'd LOVE to try my hand at pickling (oh my goodness, the Asian batch sounds fantastic)! I recently bought a book on jelly-making but haven't gathered up the courage to try it yet.

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