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Thursday, September 6, 2012

pickled curry cauliflower

pickled curry cauliflower

“You can believe something really hard and still be wrong.” Keeping Faith, by Jodi Picoult

when i was a kid i held a great deal of beliefs in me. i never stepped on a crack, i really did fear it would break my grandmother's back. the thought of lying did not cross my mind because the idea of my pants being on fire distressed me. to this day, sometimes i hold my breath when driving by a cemetery.

it's a personal thing, beliefs, whether it's been proven to be true or not. i was a very literal child. i think that comes from english not being my first language and not understanding the various nuances words can have, by themselves or when they're strung together to form phrases or colloquialisms. dead as a door nail? i believed that door nails (as opposed to other nails...) were actual living things that died. this, along with other things, makes me equal parts bumbling idiot and cautious, not quick to believe just anything.

i have dw now to explain these things, sometimes he'll look up the origin of the phrase, other times he'll make it up and i'll graduate to a new belief. which comes down to trust. i know that dw would never, knowingly, steer me wrong. i don't second guess him, i have faith that what he tells me is true.

pickled curry cauliflower

it's somewhat the same with recipes. we all have our tried & true recipes that we go to -- mothers, grandmothers, well known chefs or food publications. it's with a leery heart sometimes that we might try a new ingredient, or sample a weird dish. it's only from stepping out of our comfort zone that we might grow some confidence, some faith, in the item, the dish, the recipe writer. truthfully, i did not hold much stock to this pickled curry cauliflower, but i remembered that my previous foray in making pickled carrots was from diane and she did not disappoint. it stood to reason that this would come out just fine.

and it did. so. trust in me, make this. keep it handy in your fridge, to nibble on with your dinner, to gift, to remind you to keep the faith.

15 comments:

  1. We would have been friends as children...English was not my native language either (but I blame my silly superstitions on a catholic upbringing.) Today I make my own beliefs and jinxes. :D

    If you say that pickled cauliflower is good, I believe you! It really does look pretty!!

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    1. oh girl, i have catholic superstitions too. i'm a mess!

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  2. I loves me some cauliflower - though I've never had it done this way. It sounds deeeeelightful! I feel like I told you this once, but when I was living in Toronto, my roommate's Italian mother used to use the saying, "oh, he was nothing but a flash in the pants." It took us a long time to convince her that he was a flash in the PAN...

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    1. that is such a sweet & cute story! and i think i may have thought it the word was "pants" too...

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  3. I'm one of those weird people who like cauliflower. I think they're absolutely fab in curries, esp when they're cooked till they're quite soft, but haven't tried them pickled and more crunchy! will try this one day!

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    1. personally, i don't have feelings for cauliflower one way or the other but prior to pickling them, i did prefer them to be somewhat cooked. i have one friend who hates it in all forms, i'm trying to find recipes where i can introduce it to her without her gagging.

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  4. I've always been daunted by the pickle-making process. However, my love of cauliflower may inspire me to try it out. Great pics...felt as if i could reach out and pick one to nibble on :)

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    1. honestly, it was mixing of liquids + spices and then adding the cut up florets. i promptly forgot all about it for about 5 days and then i came upon them while cleaning out the fridge. it's that easy.

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  5. I love pickled things and I love curried things -- what a fantastic idea to put them together!

    Growing up, we had a wood-burning stove in our house. I was told not to touch it or it would burn my skin off. One day, when no one was watching, I touched the top with my pinky finger quickly and, well ...

    Then I remember I was scared to death that ALL of my skin was going to come off ... and then everyone would know what I did. I was terrified for days!



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    1. ok, seriously, best story. i always said that if i ever had children i would take the time to explain everything out to them so they wouldn't be anxiety ridden about every literal thing that could happen...

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  6. Lan, so beautifully written and photographed! After I saw this on Diane & Todd's site...I wanted to try it too. Will do it soon! xo

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    1. Julie, thank you so much, you are so kind!
      you have to try this, it's perfect to accompany meals.

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  7. Oh Lan, this is just gorgeous. The photography is wonderful and your voice is prose. Glad to see you enjoyed the pickles. Keep up your beautiful work. xoxo

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