The colours of this recipe, once canned, are reminiscent of all the brilliance of a summer sunset. Lightly perfumed with cumin, turmeric, and garam masala, these pickles go particularly well as an accompaniment to a curry.
2 tsp (10 mL) coriander seeds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cumin seed
2 tsp (10 mL) yellow mustard seed
2 cups (500 mL) water
4 cups (1 L) cider vinegar
10 garlic cloves, peeled
2 in (5 cm) piece fresh ginger, cut into roughly 6 equal pieces
2 cups (500 mL) peeled pearl onions
3 Tbsp (45 mL) natural cane sugar
3 Tbsp (45 mL) kosher salt
1 tsp (5 mL) black peppercorns
1 tsp (5 mL) turmeric
1/2 tsp (2 mL) garam masala
1/4 tsp (1 mL) chili flakes (optional)
1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets (about 8 cups/2 L total)
2 cups (500 mL) both red and orange bell pepper, cut into large chunks
Prepare all equipment for the hot water canning process.
Place coriander, cumin, and mustard seeds in large pot. Place over medium heat and toast, stirring often, until fragrant. Add water, vinegar, garlic, ginger, pearl onions, sugar, salt, peppercorns, turmeric, garam masala, and chili flakes (if using). Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, lay clean kitchen towel on work surface. Place hot, sterilized jars on towel. Pack cauliflower and peppers snugly into jars. Ladle hot brine into jars, ensuring a good distribution of spices and leaving 1/2 in (1.25 cm) of head space from rim of jars. If there is extra brine, strain and distribute remaining aromatics among jars.
Process jars using the water bath canning method for 10 minutes. Remove with canning tongs and set on cooling rack or clean towel. Leave jars to cool, undisturbed, for 12 to 24 hours.
Check seal and store for up to 1 year and wait at least 1 week before opening.
Makes 6 - 2 cup (500 mL) jars.
Each 1/4 cup (60 mL) serving contains: 11 calories; 1 g protein; 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 2 g total carbohydrates (1 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 151 mg sodium
source: "The Art of Canning", alive #371, September 2013
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.