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Pickled Radishes

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My coworkers think I’m turning into a radish.

I slice them daily. Put them on everything. And am now photographing them as if they were a bouquet.

Radishes > peonies, wouldn’t you agree?

Pickled Radishes

Anyway, thanks to a garden plot full of them, I currently have what feels like an endless supply of radishes. And after this recipe, I finally have a more-than-exciting way to enjoy them.

These pickles are awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

Radishes

I could eat these by the fork. Crisp, slightly tangy, and with a hint of spice, this is one flavorful and addicting pickle, worthy of being served all on its own. Although, add it to a cheese plate, or atop a fresh salad, and I would never argue against that. I could also easily see these chopped up and tossed into a spring egg or potato salad. Or on top a slightly fancier version of Avocado Radish Toast. Yum.

Pickled Radishes

Easy-to-make, this is a quick, non-canning version of pickles that comes together within just a handful of minutes. Feel free to play around with the spices, and let me know how you end up using these!

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Pickled Carrots and Ginger

Pickled Carrots

Whenever I go over to my friend Katie’s house, she’s always cooking up something interesting. A few weeks ago, it was fried pickles with a spicy aioli sauce. Last week, I was sampling fresh pickled carrots she popped out from the fridge and jarred pickled green tomatoes from last fall’s crop. Both briny occasions were delish in distinctly different ways.

Like myself, Katie grew up with two foodie parents, so naturally we get along quite well. She is the one to convince me why fiddlehead ferns will be an essential crop of our small, urban garden. And why the banning of raw milk is downright silly.

Katie lives, with ten others, in an old, colossal Philly row-home.  Equipped with more bedrooms than I can count, and a Butler’s staircase leading to the kitchen, they’ve fittingly deemed it “The Mansion”. If I could handle that style of living, you know I’d be there living and cooking with Katie. Dawn to beyond midnight, someone’s always stewing something on the stove of The Mansion. I could definitely get into that.

Anyway, as I’ve said, there’s been a lot of pickling going down after Katie got her boyfriend a whole book on the subject. His latest project: homemade sauerkraut. They introduced me to the fact that fresh pickles (aka, the kind that don’t involve any canning), are actually incredibly simple to make. Naturally, it didn’t take long till I was at home making my own.

After sifting through the internet, most recipes I found stuck strictly with dill. However, for me it was the cumin in Katie’s carrots that made them stand out, which is how this recipe was born. I ended up combining the two flavors, and then added some ginger to create one heck of a winter-themed pickle. If you can handle the heat — which does get dulled by the pickling process — the ginger slices make a great after-dinner, digestive-aiding treat.

For more on the subject, check out Katie and Greg’s post on DIY pickling!

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