Thursday, September 11, 2008

kim's pickle relish

I told you before about Kim sending me some pickling spice (yea!), so for my second attempt at pickling I tried her pickle relish. Pickle relish is so darned expensive here in Japan, about $3 or $4 for about 150 g (5 oz. or so). Kim feels my pain, being another ex-pat and all, and you know, we Western girls just have to have our pickles!

This is yummy stuff, and I think next time I'll double the batch. Four Japanese cucumbers cook down quite a lot. And she said to use as much or as little sugar as you want, but I went by her recipe to the letter for my first attempt, and I think next time I'll add a bit less than it calls for.

Stephen had some on a cheddar cheese sandwich last night and declared it delicious (in lieu of Branston pickle). I had a huge pasta lunch today so think I'll go for a cheese and relish sandwich tonight myself...I'll let you know how it goes. Looking forward to it! I'm a total pickle girl. My mom said I was the only little kid she ever heard of who asked for pickles and olives when she went shopping with her mommy.

UPDATE: I loved this on my cheese sandwich, too!


Kim said...

I'm so glad to hear Stephen liked it! My Mom loves it best on cheddar cheese sandwiches too! Good with ham, also, when the cheese runs out!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

With ham sounds yummy, too! :)

Teresa said...

Sounds like her relish cooks up quick. How long did it take? Holly's grandma's recipe takes like 3 weeks!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

It was pretty quick, surprisingly! Way easier than the watermelon-rind pickles, and harder to mess up.

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

I think it probably only took about half an hour from start to finish!