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?


  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!

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

  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.

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

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

  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.