The Autumn Joy sedum in my front yard is in full bloom, and it’s become the headquarters for all the local bumblebees. I started taking pictures, and was kind of amazed, first of all that the bumblebees themselves are so beautiful and furry, but also that the sedum–in most books the most pedestrian of perennials–looked otherworldly. I found myself envying the bees–they may not live long, but there is no good or bad, happy or sad in their world, just the flower they are on, and the flower they are going to. Not a bad way to live.
Here’s a quick and very easy pickling recipe. It calls for a cuke, and some chopped onion and green pepper. Store it in the fridge, and use it within a day or two.
An Easy Pickle Recipe
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped sweet (Vidalia) onion
In a medium bowl, stir together vinegar, sugar and salt until dissolved. Add the cucumbers, green pepper and sweet onion. Stir thoroughly to combine, spoon into a container, and store in refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Note: In a simple recipe, the ingredients really matter. In this case, using white wine vinegar and sweet (Vidalia) onions results in a nice balance of flavors–sweet and tart. Using regular vinegar and yellow onions would obliterate the cucumber flavor. Also, you could certainly add sliced hot peppers to spice things up a bit. Also, I added some parsley, or you could add some fronds of dill. The container shown has a 1-1/2 cup capacity, or you could could use a pint jar.
The quilt square shown above with the pickle was one of four I found at an antique store. I love the old-fashioned indigo prints! Not sure what to do with them except to admire. Have a good week. Fran