If you think these pickles look and sound familiar, you are right: this is exactly the same recipe I posted seven months ago. I didn’t include it in my previous preserving post (My Favourite Summer Savoury Pickles) because it is unique. When I first made it – and shared with you my enthusiasm – it…Continue Reading “Indian Short-Term Fridge Chilli Pickles”

I you didn’t expect to see a pickling post in January, believe me, I’m as surprised as you are, but sometimes cravings make one forget about the seasonality of fresh produce. After my French cuisine-inspired Christmas and New Year’s Eve I’ve been craving fiery, spicy, rich Indian food more than ever, hence probably this pickling idea. As a chilli addict and a serial…Continue Reading “Indian Chilli Pickles”

Celery is not the most traditional Japanese vegetable and yet the aroma and flavours of these pickles seem so typically Japanese, I would not put this dish into the “fusion” category. The delicately vinegared, slightly smokey, dashi-based brine mellows the celery’s taste, but keeps it refreshing and crisp, making these overnight pickles a wonderful winter side-dish,…Continue Reading “Overnight Japanese Celery Pickles (Serori Zuke)”

What do you do once your jar of pickles is empty? Some people keep the vinegared brine and add it to different sauces, but, I bet, most of you throw it away, just like I did until I discovered a fantastic way to give this aromatic liquid a second life. One day I simply cut…Continue Reading “Cucumber Pickled in Reused Brine, or Quick Secondary Pickles”

The two weeks of my yearly Japanese trip felt like barely two days… but going back to the “normal” life took me much longer than usually and the cold, dark winter days really made me feel lazy, sad and not motivated to carry out such activities as imaginative cooking, blogging or even visiting my beloved…Continue Reading “Snacks, Dips and Finger Food for New Year’s Eve”

This is my absolute number one red lentil dal and I’m particularly proud to share my enthusiasm with you because it’s my own improvisation, based on typical ingredients of certain South Indian dishes I have recently learnt to cook (you’ll see big similarities with this Egg Curry). I have no idea if red lentil curry…Continue Reading “Red Lentil Curry/Dal, South Indian Style”

I don’t eat jams and other sweet preserves, so my even though for most people preserving means mainly making jams, my pantry has become almost 100% savoury with most of the jars filled with chilli pepper-based jellies, sauces, pickles and other more or less fiery products. Preserving season has practically started here (I’ve just made…Continue Reading “My Favourite Savoury Summer Preserves”

When I met MJ and started reading the wonderful MJ’s Kitchen I discovered a whole new world of exotic dishes, ingredients and techniques. We share a huge love for chilli (or chile, as MJ would say) in all its forms, but her ways of cooking and using it are usually completely new to me. MJ…Continue Reading “Quick Chilli Pickle in Reused Olive Brine”

A very kind friend has recently offered me Our Korean Kitchen, a beautifully illustrated home cookery book written by Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo, an Irish-Korean couple. It’s not my first Korean cookery book, but in this one everything looks appetising and effortless at the same time, so I couldn’t wait more than one day to put it into…Continue Reading “Korean Mung Bean Pancake with Ground Meat and Kimchi”