My life has been busy! I work at a college, and students didn't leave campus until last week. I got a cold. My daughter had her 6th birthday party. My CSA started up. And I had to prepare for this month's Secret Recipe Club. Luckily, the last two events overlapped. :-) I was assigned to secretly choose something from Joanna's blog, Cairn's Manor, and out of sheer luck I had bookmarked this recipe for Pickled Carrots and Radishes, even before I knew I was getting two big bunches of radishes from my CSA. I also had planned on making an Asian-marinated flank steak for dinner last week, so I knew it was kismet. I made a couple of small changes to Joanna's recipe, but nothing major. My family loved the flavors together, and my daughter even asked for a big portion of it on the side to eat. I know I'll be making this again and again (especially since I get a ton of radishes every spring and never know quite what to do with them)!
On a side note, I feel a special kinship to Joanna since she and I share a love story around fettuccine alfredo. Back in February, she actually cooked one of my favorite dishes my husband makes for me and featured it on her blog. I guess fettuccine alfredo makes the world go round. :-)
Pickled Carrots and Radishes
Adapted from Cairn's Manor
Makes 1 Pint
3 carrots, peeled and grated
2 bunches red radishes, grated
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 + 1/8 cup white distilled vinegar
1/2 cup warm water
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Place the carrots, radishes, and cilantro in a small bowl and mix with the salt and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Place in a colander and squeeze all of the liquid out that you can. Fill a pint jar or other sealable container with the vegetables, layering with the cilantro as you go.
In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and warm water until the sugar is dissolved. Add the vinegar and red pepper flakes. Pour over the vegetables until completely covered. Refrigerate for at least one hour before eating. The pickled veggies should last about a month in the refrigerator.
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