Author(s): Valerie Aikman-Smith
Whether it's preserving or pickling, everyone is sourcing the best organic ingredients and looking for more interesting recipes to make use of their fresh fruit and vegetables: not just jellies, but chutneys, relishes, pickles, vinegars, liquors, and cordials. Pickled & Packed is the perfect canning companion, containing over 100 simple and straight-forward modern recipes with a flair, these twists on the old classics will help you to create magic in a jar! Arranged into 5 chapters - Pickling & Vinegars, Relishes & Mustards, Bottled Fruits & Vegetables, Spoon & Candied Fruits & Pastes, and Liqueurs & Cordials - short preserve recipes provide the basics, while longer recipes show how to use them to create entire meals. Enjoy a casual get together and serve grilled halloumi with blistered jalapeno, lime & tequila relish or kimchi latkes & poached eggs, finishing with a voluptuous artisan cheeseboard complete with homemade membrillo.
A light summer lunch is the perfect occasion to serve lobster & lemon potato salad with tarragon vinegar or alternatively, fire up the grill and those sausages and burgers will be irresistible served with smokey mountain catsup or rosemary & thyme mustard. Ideas for desserts include bitter chocolate cake with prunes in armagnac and jam jar amaretto cherry crumbles, while drink highlights range from innocent Scottish barley water slushes to a more adult orange bourbon Manhattan. Start pickling and preserving and enjoy your seasonal plunder all year round.
Valerie Aikman-Smith is a Los Angeles-based food stylist and writer. She worked in top restaurants before going on to style food for films such as Titanic and for Food Network TV. Her work is featured in many magazines and books, and she is the author of Salt and Smoke & Spice for Ryland Peters & Small. Read more at www.valerieaikman-smith.com.