Posted on September 11th, 2015 No commentsThis recipe has been recommended by CSA member Sarah Brown. It is taken from Rick Stein’s Food Heroes but there are references to these pickles back as far as the Great Depression and earlier. A great homemade version of gherkins for burgers, cold meats, cheeses and as the name suggests just bread & butter.Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutesIngredients
750g / 1 1/2lb cucumbers450g / 1 lb onions1 green pepper50g / 2 oz saltPickling liquor350g / 12 oz light soft brown sugar475ml / 16 fl oz cider vinegar1/2 tsp tumeric1/4 tsp ground cloves1 tsp yellow mustard seeds1/2 tsp celery seedMethod
Trim the ends off the cucumbers, scoop seeds with a teaspoon (optional) and cut them into thin slices about 3-4mm thick. Finely slice the onion and slice the pepper. Put the cucumber, onion and pepper in a large bowl and sprinkle over the salt. Cover and leave for three to four hours, or overnight – this will remove excess water and help to keep the vegetable crisp when pickled. Rinse, drain and dry the vegetables thoroughly. Put all the remaining ingredients in a large, stainless-steel pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add the cucumber, onion & pepper and simmer for three to four minutes – the cucumber will turn a slight yellowy-olive colour. Pack into warm, sterilised jars right up to the brim, and cap immediately with vinegar-proof lids. These will keep for a year, preferably in a dark place to preserve the colour. Once opened, refrigerate and eat within three or four weeks.
Posted on July 30th, 2015 No comments
Standard box members also have the first of this season’s aubergines and green peppers.
In all our boxes this week:-
*courgettes (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
*French beans (yellow or purple) OR peas OR mangetout
rosemary sprig (Janet Hulme, Wadebridge)
Standard boxes also have: –
extra new potatoes
*spinach OR calabrese
* = grown to organic principles
All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated. Please wash all vegetables and fruit.