My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Wednesday
Jul272011

peter piper picked

As recently mentioned, I finallllllyyyy spotted pickling cucumbers at the farmers market.  I’ve only been waiting since last summer!  Regular cucumbers work just fine, but pickling cucumber reign supreme!  They are much crunchier, have less seeds and a slightly stronger flavor.

And, I’m pretty sure they’re the cutest little green veggie ever.  Pickling is much easier than you think!  There is no cooking involved with this method and no waiting weeks to eat your pickles.  I stumbled on a recipe last summer and made about 5 different varieties in one day.  You throw ingredients in a jar, set it in your fridge, and 4-6hrs later you are eating pickles. 

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I only had 6 mini cucs, so I only made 1 pickle batch.  I cut them in chip form, but feel free to cut spears.  Whatever you like!

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Other ingredients you’ll need?

  • distilled white vinegar
  • water
  • spices – really whatever you want!

If you’re not feeling adventurous with your spice selection, this is a great go-to recipe.

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Salt + Pepper Garlic Pickles

  • 32oz jar
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • water
  • 6 mini cucs [~4” each]
  • 1T peppercorns
  • 1T sea salt
  • 4 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  1. Slice pickles anyway you like.
  2. Place in empty + clean 32oz jar with salt, pepper + garlic.
  3. Pour in vinegar.
  4. Add water to fill the jar, leaving about 1” to the top.
  5. Screw the lid on and gently turn the jar a few times to mix the ingredients.
  6. Set in the fridge for at least 4-6hrs.  Flavor intensifies as they age.

*If you want a little tang to your pickles, add 1/4c apple cider vinegar and 1/2c distilled white vin.

*You can always tone down the pickliness and start by adding 1/2c vin, and test them out after a day.  Add more vinegar if you choose!

It’s pretty hard to screw up pickles.  I promise!

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Pickled peppers?

You bet!

Banana peppers to be exact. 

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Pickled Banana Peppers

  • 24oz jar
  • ~1.5c sliced banana peppers
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • water
  • 1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1T fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2T peppercorns
  1. De-seed + slice peppers anyway you like.  If you cut the top off of the pepper, you can sometimes pull the center out with the seeds.
  2. Place in empty + clean 24oz jar with salt, pepper + garlic.
  3. Pour in vinegar.
  4. Add water to fill the jar, leaving about 1” to the top.
  5. Screw the lid on and gently turn the jar a few times to mix the ingredients.
  6. Set in the fridge for at least 4-6hrs.  Flavor intensifies as they age.

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Not hard at all, right?

Want some other pickle ideas?  Check out my first pickling post, where I make these varieties:

  • 6 Spice Pickles
  • Simply [Dill] Pickled 
  • Red Hot Pickles
  • Lemon Basil Pickles
  • Sweet Garlic Pickles

Thanks for all of your feedback on wanting or not wanting to hear more about my workouts.  From the people who commented, I got all “yes” votes.  So it looks as though I will be incorporating workouts back into my posts.  I’m pretty excited about it, but trying to think of the best way to do this.  Weekly, at the end of each post, on a separate page…?  We’ll see!

Also, don’t forget to stop by Angela’s blog today!!  Ang has family in town right now and asked if I could write a guest post.  I jumped at the chance!  The topic: 5 favorite vegan recipes from my own collection - This was such a fun post to write.  Hope you enjoy!

Ashley

Wednesday
Jul272011

the unplanned workout

This was not a planned post at all.  I was going to post my “7 Links” this afternoon, but half of my day completely vanished, from updating my recipe page.  Apparently, the last time I updated it was APRIL.  I seriously remember updating it in June, but somehow I must not have published it.  It felt great to get it finished, as there have been loads of recipes since April, that you definitely need to check out!  Maybe I should highlight the recently added ones?  Tomorrow. ;)

So with a good chunk of my day gone, I was itching to get to the gym for a workout.  As soon as I step outside, with my helmet on, it starts to rain.  Crap!  Yes, I could have hopped in the car, but decided to stay home.

Now I decide to set my road bike up on our bike trainer.  I haven’t ridden my rode bike since last fall [!!!], unless you count riding it on my trainer in the living room of our old house.  Chris attached my clipless pedals a few months back and I have been putting off learning how to use them.  I’ve been craving long bike rides [weird craving, I know], so today I decided I HAD to get on the trainer to get the feeling for the new pedals + shoes.

45min later, it wasn’t happening.  It took 25min to get the bike set up.  I even had to check youtube for a “how to” video.  Then, I spent 10min trying to find my bike cleats.  Then, I spent 10min trying to see how the cleats attached to the pedals.  Finally, I realized the pedals were on backwards.  I tried to use our bike wrench to get them off, but couldn’t budge them.

Defeated!

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I was feeling super tired + cranky at this point, but knew what I needed was a good workout.  There has been a lot of buzz about Body Rock lately, so I decided to check out the website.  I stumbled on the link for their 5 Day Workout Challenge and decided to give workout #5, Tight, Toned + Trim a try.

oh.em.gee.

I workout about 6 days a week, doing various activities.  I consider myself pretty in shape.  But, whoa!  This workout killed me!  After watching the video and looking like a goof practicing the moves, I got to business.  FIVE circuits??  Are you kidding me???  I was dead after one + after 4, felt like I could hurl.  I finished the 5 circuits, taking a few breaks and was covered in sweat + shaking [muscle shakes, not dizzy shakes].

The workout took 30min total for me to complete and after, I took the dogs for a nice long walk. [~3 miles]  These Body Rock workouts are definitely going to become a part of my weekly routine!  I used to talk about my workouts more often, but have been sticking to the recipes lately.  If people are interested, I can talk a little more about what I do to stay in shape + feel strong.  Just let me know!

Only 1 out of the 4 moves required a workout mat.  As soon as I would get up, this would happen.

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Big sack of lazy beans!

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After the 3rd circuit, I realized I needed to put some music on to keep me going.  Dakota was not impressed with my dance moves, mixed in with the workout routine.  I’m sure the neighbors weren’t either.  We still don’t have any blinds up!

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Just thought I would share a little piece of my day!

Have a great night!

Ashley