2012/07/05

Sometimes, you need easy (FFwD: Crispy Pickled Ginger Cucumbers)

The thing that I love about cooking groups is that it pushes you to try things and techniques that you wouldn't try on your own - flavor profiles & range of difficulty.

I love that, I really do.

And 95% of the time it really excites me. (Made up statistic...)

But there are some months when I look at the month ahead and think to myself, "please, please don't throw anything difficult my way. I just can't deal with it."

July is that month.

This has been that week.



Now, I know that the easiest answer to that dilemma is to let something drop.

Perhaps this is so, but anyone who knows me well knows that I am not predisposed to that path. Making my life difficult is my mission in life.

It's a strength and a weakness.

Now, I have gone through different phases in life where I have castigated myself for not doing more. And then I self-reprimand for doing too much. It's a viscous circle... I think, the balance lies in knowing when too much is sitting on that proverbial plate. This doesn't mean that something is going to fall off the plate; but it does seem as if being aware sends out a vibe to the Universe. Once that vibe is out there, the Universe will usually offer some relief.

Like these pickled cucumbers.

Where time and chemistry do most of the work.

All I have to do is throw them together.

Vinegar is a miracle ingredient.

If only raising children were that easy.

I think we need vinegar for children.

This was a beautifully, simple recipe. In lieu of using fresh ginger, I used dried ginger that I had left over from making ginger syrup. It was a little more subtle than the fresh ginger would have been; but since this was going to non-ginger eaters, subtle was a good thing...

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The recipe for these pickles can be found here.

28 comments:

  1. Woops. I made next week's recipe. Good to know the cuke's were easy, since I guess I'll be making them next week. My brain doesn't work sometimes.

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  2. I know the feeling about the groups and not wanting to let anything drop. I´m still finishing my post! I didn´t peel them though. You put together a great plate! Have a good weekend!

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  3. Yeah, there was a lot of relief here seeing an easy recipe! And if you find that vinegar for kids, let me know ;)

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  4. Wasn't it nice to have something simple to make? I really liked these easy pickles! When you have a minute would you post my TwD link? Its a mystery to me why I can post on some wordpress sites and not others! I hope all is going well in your world Cher. Thank you!

    http://lolalive2day.blogspot.com/2012/07/twd-hazelnut-biscotti.html

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  5. I loved these pickled cucumbers and I'm still thinking about the vinegar for children:-)

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  6. LOL - vinegar for children. I love it.

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  7. I like your pickle/Universe pairing :) and agree on your theory about Universe balancing out our ambitious moves :)...I have to try this ginger pickle recipe with fresh ginger (love this stuff!).

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  8. I love cucumbers, ginger and pickles - hope I get to try this one over the next week. My cucumbers this year were reproducing like bunnies and I've had a hard time keeping up with them :) Have a terrific Friday!

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  9. I wish I had liked these more... Glad you did though. I had to laugh at your comment about your mission in life being to make your own life difficult. I can so relate to that. Nice to have an easy one this week. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Nice and easy, that is what I liked about this week´s recipe too. The pickles were nice and fresh and summery, a real July kind of recipe.

    I hope that things will run a bit more smoothly in the days to come. You know how the english saying goes that "life is not a bowl of cherries" - people around here have started wearing t-shirts with the inscription "Life is no Pony Farm"...please, don´t ask, no one knows where that saying came from...

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  11. This summer, I'm all about the pickles. Crispy, tart, spicy pickles. I'm pickling anything that lands in my path (so children, beware, or I'll put Cher's wish to the test...).

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  12. I was happy to have something simple this week too. I might give this a try with some dried ginger - it sounds good!

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  13. Looks like we all needed a simple one this week. Next week, well I've promised the roulade to a friend who is making me lunch on Sunday. I'll be baking in an ill equipped oven. Wish me luck!

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  14. Do I detect that you may, just may have come back from your week by the water a little bit relaxed? Determined to slow down for the rest of the Summer? Just what I read between the lines (not that I am an expert at that). I like cucumbers and I liked this recipe. A mixed bag this week.

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  15. I really enjoyed making these. I love pickles any way plus this was a really and I mean really easy recipe. Next week has me worried.

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  16. You could have written my post this week. I really love FFwD because it forces me to try out some of the more complicated recipes which I would normally probably avoid. But at the same time, sometimes I just REALLY need an easy week. This week was one of those weeks. Thank goodness!

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  17. I totally agree with you! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Oooh it seems that I missed out on a good one! Maybe I will do them during the week. :)

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  19. Cher, Your meal looks so delicious! I really enjoyed them, too and, was really happy this was an easy week!

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  20. What a relief, Sunday morning and 81 degrees, how nice. Glad you enjoyed this simple recipe as much as Tricia and I. Hubby thought the recipe was tasty but he did not care
    for the English seedless cucumber. I think I will try this with regular cucs and see how that
    works. Have a great weekend.

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  21. And we kinda expect the summer weeks to be easier, more laid back without much drama? Your pickles look great with your main course. Here's to a better week this week, cheers (I am thinking a blueberry syrup cocktail for next week)!

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  22. We truly are kindred spirits, Cher. I worked on my doctorate for 6 years (it was supposed to be a 4-year program). I decided that if I couldn't write my dissertation on what I wanted to write it on that rather than cow-tow to what was expected from me, I would throw in the towel. I opted to have a life. It was not a decision I made quickly, nor took lightly. Many people hound me about finishing my dissertation, but I know I don't have the desire, drive, or dollars to continue on for another 2 years. Stubborn, yes!

    It is hard to be a perfectionist, but good that we can relate to each other.

    I did an inventory of all the recipes I've missed and there are 12 I'd really like to make, so I'm going to start catching up instead of just skipping recipes I don't like. This week, I made the Corn Soup and it was delicious!

    Hang in there!

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  23. I didn't have any fresh ginger either, and I didn't think powdered made a huge difference. These were a great treat on a hot day!

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  24. I haven't been able to leave a comment! I couldnt' select a profile in "Comment as" section. But yay It's finally working!

    I just couldn't muster up interest or curiosity in this recipe. But I'm ready for next one! Right up my alley!

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  25. Oh I know what you mean about making my life hard being my mission
    I am still beating myself up for missing last month's darig bakers!
    I love the idea of ginger pickled cucmbers! I need to give that a try soon

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  26. I sometimes feel that way with the Daring Cooks challenges, but this month's was a breeze which made me happy :) And yet, I always regret not participating! Still, easy is good.

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