I don’t know why it makes me giggle to say I made pickles. I am actually so excited about it. Ever since Jill brought the topic up, I have had a hankering to try making some. Then I got a magazine with a simple pickle recipe in it. Then my neighbor started offering me cucumbers. Finally, I remembered to get a few ingredients at the store. I even had one jar ready. Everything was in place for pickle making! This recipe did not call for the true canning procedure–sterilizing and all that stuff. So these pickles will only be good for a couple of weeks. That’s okay. By that time the novelty of my own homemade pickles will have worn off. This is all kind of weird because I’m not a giant pickle fan. When I used to get a hamburger I would get it with the pickles on it, and then pick them off because I liked the flavor but not the texture. Anyway, I made these, and I tried one just a few hours after I made them and it tasted like a real pickle. Only without that ‘fingernails on the blackboard’ texture. Yahoo!
A couple hours later, they were already turning ‘pickle’ color.
The recipe was really simple. I had about 8 little cucumbers, 2-3 slices red onion, and 3 sprigs of dill. Layered them in the jar. Brought to a boil on the stove: 4 cups vinegar, 1/3 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp salt , and some pepper. When sugar and salt dissolved, poured hot liquid over stuff in the jar, and put lid on. Left on counter to cool, and then put in the refrigerator.
I had a terrific day. Got so much done and a good amount of relaxing too. I DIDN’T get in any exercising except one walk/run with Noah. That’s how it goes some days.
In the afternoon I tried another recipe I had bookmarked–Georgie’s Double Chocolate Bran Muffins. She warns you that they are so good you’ll want to eat a second one. She was right…
The rest are now residing safely in the freezer. As usual I made a few substitutions. But this time it was only to replace the wheat bran with oat bran, and the whole wheat flour with spelt flour. The frustrating thing about all this baking that I do is that I would be glad to share it with other people, but most people are used to the processed tasting stuff, and even if they want to eat healthier they have not done the work to change their taste buds yet, so they wouldn’t even like most of this stuff that I find so delicious and satisfying. Does that sentence make sense?
One more day of work tomorrow, and then I am off Friday on an “excellent adventure.” You’ll have to wait ’til I get back to hear about it!