“The simplest things are often the truest.”
Small Batch Bread & Butters!
I read a lot about minimalism. It seems to be cropping up in every other article I read. Much of it seems very reasonable and attainable… and frankly just downright sensible
I first became aware of it when I started reading about Buddhism several years ago. That is not to say that I consider myself a Buddhist. I suspect that I’m just a teensy bit too much on the caustic side to ever be considered Buddhist, a bit too heavy on the snark most days if you hear what I’m saying!
But back to minimalism… it’s everywhere I look… there’s the ever popular capsule wardrobe planners (very cool actually and if it’s interesting to you I highly encourage you to check it out!) My mum has been working with a capsule wardrobe for years. She calls it her uniform. Her reasoning is solid… she hates shopping and makes what few (quality) pieces she has work for any situation. Minimalism at its finest!
There’s minimalist home decor which is something I’ve been doing for a long time without giving it a name, I always just thought I really didn’t like clutter! You know, a place for everything and everything in its place.
Over the summer while I was working on this very site for its re-vamp, I realized that Be Still & Eat is minimalist as well. Sometimes the labour might be a little intensive (ie. grape leaves or zincol) but the ingredient list is minimal and skill set for production is absolutely minimal.
Because of this reluctance to do things in huge portions, I realized I wasn’t taking part in one of the great joys of autumn – preserving the harvest – it always seemed such a daunting task to me. Don’t misunderstand, I deeply admire everyone who does it, maybe my attention span is to blame, who knows!
Regardless, while at the super gorgeous Brickworks farmer’s market recently I came home with a basket of pickling cukes determined to make a SMALL BATCH. Toss in a bit of garlic, onion and cayenne peppers whole and you’ve got two jars of spicy deliciousness!
Small batch pickling may not be to everyone’s taste but for those of us that are kept awake at night by the amount “stuff” lurking in our cupboards, closets and pantry, it’s the answer!
Enjoy & Namaste!
- 1 head garlic, cloves left whole
- 1 small onion, sliced first in half then into thin strips
- 4 cups pickling cucumbers, washed and sliced into thin rounds
- 2TBSP salt
- 2-4 whole cayenne peppers (OPTIONAL)
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup honey
- 1 TBSP mustard seed
- ¼ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp chilli flakes (more or less depending on your tolerance for heat)
- Slice cucumbers and toss with salt, leave in a colander for ½ hour or so
- Combine vinegar, honey and seasonings in a small pot and heat gently until honey is fully melted and absorbed.
- Toss onion, whole garlic cloves, cayenne peppers (if using) and the now drained cucumbers into a bowl.
- Divide equally between two CLEAN mason jars and top with liquid.
- Give the jars a little bump on the counter to clear any bubbles.
- Seal and refrigerate for 48 hours minimum.
- NOTE* the longer you leave these little devils the spicier they become!