Thursday 23 July 2009

A productive day?

This is the sum total of my achievements today.

It is true, I am officially on holiday. It is true the family are home and daughter is still recovering from operation. It is true that I spent most of the day pottering in the garden and also made chicken stock. It is true that I spent a lot of time writing part 10 of the epic, How I came to be in England, as well as staring at the last sentence of my 50 thousand word manuscript, The Lost Daughter but not adding a single word to it.

As this momentous jar of pickled cucumbers from the garden is such an achievement, I thought I'd share the recipe with you:

Raw pickling cucumbers about 1 kg
1 tbls coriander seeds
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2 tbls yellow mustard seeds
2 tbls raw sliced horse radish
10-20 dill flowers
10 small vine leaves (currant leaves are also good)

For the pickling liquid:
300 ml water
300 ml white vinegar
400 ml sugar
100 ml salt

Bring the liquid ingredients to a boil & cool. Scrub and wash the cucumbers, slice to about 10mm thickness and place in a jar alternating with spices, vine leaves, onion slices and dill flowers. Pour over the liquid. It's ready in about a week and lasts up to five months in dark larder or similar (I keep mine in a spare fridge for jams etc.)

Needless to say, if you lack any one ingredient, such as dill flowers, just use dill on its own, or substitute with any other herb. I've made this with tarragon before, and it works just as well.


Wildernesschic said...

I have to say your work top is immaculate now thats an achievement if ever there was one plus the jar look yummy

Anonymous said...

Yum Yum

Unknown said...

Thank you, Wildernesschic. The trick is in the angle of the photo...believe me, the rest of kitchen looks like a bomb had gone off. And I hope Anonymous that it will be yummy.

Cheryl said...

Oh, that look good!

And it sounds like you had a really productive day! I mean it. There was a study (somewhere) that showed that creatives spent about 3 or four hours actually getting or typing things out and the rest of the day turning things over in their subconscious. And 3 - 4 hours max seems to be the best amount for good results.

Unknown said...

Cheryl, As always you cheer me up. Thanks xx

truestarr said...

Lovely and thank you for the recipe... I will try it!

Some days it's just easier (and more satisfying) to cook than to write.

Unknown said...

You are so right, Truestarr. Tomorrow's another day...xx