Sunday, 13 November 2011

Weekend Winter Sun: curing, pickling, jamming and preserving

Rather knobbly quinces
Par boiled cauliflower
Parboil the cauliflower
Cauliflower florets tossed in smoked paprika, gram flour, gluten free
Toss in gram flour, smoked paprika, salt and pepper
Fried cauliflower florets with capers. Gluten-free
Deep fry and serve with chopped capers and parsley. (I didn't have parsley). This recipe is gluten-free.
Pickled cherry cured salmon
I used pickled cherries given to me by The Laundry
I gave myself a weekend off after The Underground Farmers' Market. But I woke up itching to cook on Saturday morning, but this time without the pressure of cooking for thirty guests.
I cured some salmon, made quince membrillo, poached pears in perry and tried a Riverford Organics recipe from Jane Baxter: fried cauliflower florets, Spanish style. I love all of her recipes.
On Sunday, it was a glorious golden morning and inspired, I shot some pictures around my house before attending a preserving class at the house of Anna Colquhoun, also known as @culinaryanth. Slideshow of our pickling class here....

Sprouting avocado pits
Remember the avocado pits I spent weeks trying to sprout. Four of them eventually got white roots underneath, after about five weeks...
Sprouting avocado pits
and this morning, eureka! I discovered a thrusting pink shoot from the top!!
Shop in the hallway. Home restaurants.
The shop in the hall
babycham glasses


  1. I must get a life - just watched the whole video chuckling at the sound track. The Riverford Canteen is a great place to eat and I love what the team are doing down there. I fancy making some membrillo. Lovely pics.

  2. Sally, glad you had the same reaction. The teen and I were giggling and...even worse 'pop dancing' in front of the computer screen to the slideshow. That's how sad we are!

    Unfortunately the quality of the photos seems to degrade once it's posted up to Youtube then here. I need techie help!

  3. Your avocados remind me of Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. She writes about trying to grow an avocado tree from a hospital bed, very dirty book


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