“I’ve never before seen a non-restaurant person buy this much horseradish”, exclaimed the wide eyed sales associate right before I almost purchased 3lbs of fresh horseradish root at the local grocer this past Saturday. Who knew the pickled pink stuff at sushi restaurants wasn’t horseradish? This girl. With all the horseradish, wasabi, ginger, and sake overloading my palate, I apparently came to confuse pickled horseradish and pickled ginger. Thanks for the save grocery boy! And wow, is fresh horseradish smelly as hell.
At it again with pickled eggs from Feathered Pigs Farm, I decided to mix it up and go for a lighter herb’ie rendition this time. Dill, peppercorns, mustard, and horseradish paired with 2 dozen backyard eggs adds up to perfect horseradish pickled eggs. Plus, after several glasses of wine, the pickle costume even made an appearance.
“Ahhh.. look at the cute chicken feathers lining the outside of these egg shells!” If you know me at all, then this isn’t too much of a surprise… before moving to NH last Spring this California-turned Baltimore City girl was quite a stranger to the whole backyard egg thing. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t make my debut egg retrieval into somewhat of an “adventure”… cough… but I can say (in a Southern farm girl accent) that these local eggs from Feathered Pigs Farm in Brentwood, NH have spoiled me real good. Not only have I found that the flavor and texture of the final pickled egg product is far superior to store bought eggs, but there isn’t a whole lot better than knowing exactly what coop your eggs came from.
With my experiments in making Sriracha pickled eggs, and in turn p’eviled eggs, I figured out that incorporating recipe ingredients that have a strong palate punch is key to achieving a flavored packed pickled egg. For this oh’so local pickled egg recipe, I paired two dozen backyard eggs with some dehydrated garlic that I scored at the Seacoast Food Swap last week, and a pint of locally-made BBQ sauce from my friends over at MrSippy’s BBQ. While I haven’t had the chance to taste any of their hickory smoked meat, I can assure you that this BBQ sauce is pretty damn amazing. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information on their products and how to get your hands on some of their goods. Now if only I can just convince them to attend one of the monthly food swaps!
It isn’t often that I find a bigger fan of my pickles than myself. It feels silly to say it, but I think I’m my own biggest fan… obviously after my mom. Until recently I definitely thought this was the case, but my friend Abby has recently got me beat. This morning, with plenty of trepidation, we sampled my second batch of sauerkraut. After my last sauerkraut experiment and my dire cry for help (thanks to all of you for providing suggestions), I’ve figured it out and fermentation seems to be successfully underway. It’s been 12 days since I started this batch, and we both agreed that it needs more time. I plan on doing another taste test in a week. Following the general sauerkraut guidelines from the book Wild Fermentation, I’m hoping that much won’t go too wrong this time. To make the perfect mock fermentation crock, I used a 1/2 gallon Ball jar and a 1/2 pint jar to weigh down the contents. While this apparatus will do just fine as I’m still a novice fermentor, as things get more serious I would like to purchase a legit. old fashion crock.
While the Facebook RSVP promised high attendance… only a fraction of the swappers showed up to the March Seacoast Food Swap at BUOY last night. I owe last night’s success (and fun!!!) to the five swappers that trudged through and dealt with the parking situation in downtown Kittery, ME. Not only did the artPM show give us an amazing photo backdrop, but the staff and energy of the Black Birch/BUOY combo was exactly what I had hoped for when I set up March’s swap venue, and we hope to return to the space this coming Fall.
Do you have a unique license plate that elicits you the occasional thumbs up or “What does the license plate mean? Oh, that’s funny, cool!”? The other day while driving on 95 south to MA and simultaneously trying to figure out the pronunciation of the various MA town names, I noticed some A-hole tailing me on the freeway. My initial response was something tame along the lines of, “Come on dude, I have an old car that doesn’t drive fast, get off my ass!”, but when I realized the iPhone in the rearview mirror, I realized this couple was simply trying to get a closer shot of my “Pickle” plate. I mean it’s hard to get made at someone for tailing you because they are trying to get a plate shot. I ended up waving at them, and slowing down enough so they could get the proper photo. I should really get a #pickleproblems bumper sticker as I’d be lying if I said this was the first time this has happened to me…
Beets! I’m at ‘em again. On a somewhat regular basis people ask me what my favorite thing to pickle is. If you’ve been following Putting Up with Erin for sometime now, you know that the answer is probably beets. Sure my screen name for various social media sites has to do with dilly beans, but when it comes down to it, pickled beets are where it’s really at for me. Typically I either roast beets whole or peel and then boil them, but to cut down on preparation time, I decided to peel and slice them raw before roasting them. Success, in that the desired crunch was still present in the end pickle product, and also the sweet roasted flavor came right through. I snagged a couple pounds of these beautiful local beets from the Heron Pond Farm stand, and the fresh cilantro and red onions from Golden Harvest Produce Market in Kittery, ME. To guarantee the strong cilantro flavor, I added whole coriander to the vinegar brine before boiling. This beauties were traded at last night’s Seacoast Food Swap. Enjoy!
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