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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
World's Simplest Pickles.
New year is when I always prepare my pickled red cabbage and cauliflower (they're both very cheap at the moment). They will join my stock of pickled walnuts, eggs, piccalilli, and cornichons.
Salt the shredded red cabbage between layers, and put the cauliflower florets into brine, over-night. The next day, wash and dry, and pack into clean jars. Pour over cold spiced vinegar, and a few spoons of sugar (if liked), and eat after about 7 days.
Now all you need is some really good Mature Cheddar, a Melton Mowbray pie, or some slices of Cold Goose (or why not all three?); it's as simple as that.
Wouldn't that make a wonderful winter dinner party. Cheese, pork pie, and cold meats, accompanied by various pickles and maybe a little salad. Of course, you'd need an oak panelled room, a slightly smoking fire, a faithful retainer, and several sleeping dogs under the table to finish the picture. I can manage one of the four!
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!