Anyone who knows me well knows that I love all things salt and vinegar. Potato chips for sure, but other things too. French fries at a football game doused in vinegar and ketchup. Olives, capers, anything brined. But most of all, I love pickles. I’ve never met a pickle I didn’t like, but my favorites would have to be a tie between dill and bread and butter.
Because of this mild obsession, I’ve been hoarding pickling recipes with the good intention of trying to make my own. And I have to tell you that I made and teeny tiny batch out of two pickling cucumbers today, but it can hardly be called pickling because I ate all of them after they had spent about an hour in the fridge. Seriously, all of them. They were delicious!
I used Recipe Girl’s recipe for Bread and Butter pickles, and only made a few slight changes. I approximately quartered the recipe for the brine since I had such a puny amount of cucumbers, and I only used white vinegar since that’s what I had. Also, I used a red onion instead of a white, and I impulsively threw in a very thinly sliced jalapeno, which made them sweet and spicy pickles. I am definitely going to have to try this again with a regular sized batch, and not eat them all on the first day so they have some time to really “pickle.”
On another pickleish note, I finally decided what to do with the black-eyed peas from my farmshare box. Most of the recipes for fresh black-eyed peas (or purple-hull peas as they’re sometimes called) involved some variation on soaking in a vinaigrette after they’d been cooked. I found this recipe for purple hull pea salad from Homesick Texan, and decided to loosely follow that. It’s basically salsa or guacamole but with beans instead of tomatoes or avocados. I decided to throw in some red onion, and once I tasted the final product it was quite spicy (i put in cayenne and two jalapenos, so it better be!) which I like, but I threw in a pinch of white sugar to balance it out a little. Also, I decided to put in some corn which I had in the freezer, which is also sort of sweet.
And finally, if you’re in need of some comedic relief, I took Tilly tubing on the Guadalupe River yesterday. Unfortunately I don’t have any photographic evidence, but a shot of her in her ridiculous doggy life jacket should give you a pretty good idea. I wasn’t sure how she’d feel about the whole thing, so I invested in the life jacket as an extra precaution (also, it had a handle on the back which made her easier to grab if I needed to). She was so not pleased with me for putting her in a tube in the middle of a river, but she was a good sport about it, so it turned out to be a really fun day anyway.