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.