Pickled Lemongrass Lotus Root

Pickled Lemongrass Lotus Root- Putting Up with ErinPickled Lemongrass Lotus Root- Putting Up with Erin

“Miso, Korean spice, dumplings, sauce…, lotus root (!!), Erin you should totally pickle this.” Two weekends ago my friend Jon and his wife took me on an adventure to LiMing’s Global Mart in Durham, NC. A pickle connoisseur himself, walking down aisle by aisle he couldn’t help but make suggestions for weird pickles that I should try. It was tempting, it was over indulgent, and it was a bit expensive, but how often do I go to ethnic stores? … and to think of going to a hispanic market together. 🙂 While I typically stick to local and in-season sourced ingredients for my canned goods, ethnic grocers always offer enticing veggies to experiment with. Lotus root is a vegetable that is similar in texture to crunchy water chestnuts and occasionally served atop salads. I decided to mix in a healthy handful of edamame for both color and additional zing. Another completely new thing that I opted to play with here was fresh lemongrass. Tangy and tart this pickled lemongrass lotus root is sure to be fun. Enjoy!

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Pickled Edamame-Putting Up with ErinPickled Edamame- Putting Up with Erin

Happy Easter! Or happy “I forgot that every shop and city building that I needed to get to 4 days before my move was closed” holiday. Earlier this week while digging for a last minute recipe I remembered the 4 pound bag of frozen edamame in the freezer… yahtzee, pickled edamame! Finding all of the necessary ingredients in Baltimore city without a car, on a short budget and notice proved to be quite an ordeal. I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to find everything I needed at the large box grocery, so instead I found myself at the local asian market, which in itself was an adventure. After about 30 minutes of translating from English to Chinese, 3 times of checking out, and a random assortment of unnecessary “oh you must also try this” I finally found everything I needed for less than $11. Modified from the Humble Pie, this Putting Up with Friends edition is brought to you from a yoga friend’s amazingly beautiful, colorful, and spacious kitchen in Hamilton. Ever since I saw this kitchen, I knew I had to find a way to spread the love of vinegar (and soy sauce) all over it…

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