The first day I decided to make dill pickles. I enlisted some helpers, got all the canning stuff out, bought a case of mason jars, refreshed my memory on safe canning practices, and got to work. After about 4 hours we had 12x500ml jars and 4x1 litre jars, and still roughly half the cucumbers left. I managed to find spots for them all in the fridge, so headed off to Toronto the next morning for a day of pre-season figure skating competition.
Yesterday we had no choice but to tackle the cucumbers again. I bought more jars, more vinegar, and some sugar, and we started on sweet, bread & butter pickles this time. 12x500 ml jars later, we went back to dill for a while, then called it quits. I have enough pickles to feed an army. But I still have cucumbers left. What to make with them?
439. Greek Salad (Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes, page 238)
The key to this salad is fresh ingredients. I have those! The garden tomatoes are finally ripening (all at once), and the herbs are loving the cooler weather right now. It's been a while since I had a nice, big salad for dinner, so this recipe fit the bill.
I got out two large bowls, so that I could tailor the salads to our individual likes and dislikes. I had some romaine lettuce that I wanted to use, so even though it wasn't called for, I figured it would bulk out the salads a bit. I selected my two ripest red tomatoes, and a variety of purple & yellow cherry tomatoes. I sliced four dill cucumbers, but also used some of the bits & pieces from the food processor that were rejected while pickle making. I picked fresh dill & mint from the garden, and finely sliced a bit of red onion. I didn't have a green pepper, so I substituted a red pepper, and sliced it into half rounds. I had to skip olives since I didn't have any (for the basic reason that I don't like them).
I put a touch of Jamie's Chianti red wine vinegar in each bowl, drizzled with EVOO, and tossed. I garnished each salad with a chunk of feta cheese, and sprinkled with dried oregano. We crumbled the feta prior to eating, and dug right in. I haven't enjoyed a salad this much in a long, long time. I found it very satisfying, and I most likely will have another tonight!