I really love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Because of that, I love checking out blogs of others who cook and experiment in the kitchen. Since itâ€™s winter and thereâ€™s not much going on outside (wind chill near -20 here right now), I thought maybe you would like to see what Iâ€™ve been up to food-wise.
I love pickles, but the whole process of canning pickles has been an obstacle to really having fun with it. I mean, you have to pick up pickling cucumbers by the bushel when theyâ€™re in season. Then you have to clear off all your counter space and chop up onions and garlic and whatever else goes into your recipe. It takes a lot of time, and the window for pickling cukes is pretty small.
All that is why I was so excited to hear about refrigerator pickles a few years back. Cut up some cucumbers (any kind you find in the store), add water and vinegar, some sugar and salt, and toss it all into a jar. The next day you got pickles. And if you want to try something unique, itâ€™s no big deal. Just toss it into the mix.
Yesterday I decided to go a little crazy and pulled all the Indian spices from my cabinet: garam masala, curry powder, cardamom pods. Instead of dill, I added a dash and a scoop of all these, plus a little cayenne pepper for some heat.
The results are pretty good. I skipped the usual tablespoon or two of sugar and so they are a bit tarter than I was expecting, but the results are not at all unpleasant.
The food angle is a new one on the siteâ€”a little beyond the picnic lunches and such that weâ€™ve sharedâ€”so I would love your feedback. If youâ€™re interested in hearing more from the kitchen, or want more specifics on the pickles, leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.