I rarely write about food. I don't get very enthused about the subject. Honestly, I think of it somewhat as a waste of money...just flushed down the...well, kinda literally. You could eliminate the middle man and just send those bills on their way.
This week has been a good week for food finds. First we visited a British import store while walking around Newburyport the other day and I found Lyle's Golden Syrup! It's been a few years since I've been able to locate this favorite. My grandfather got me hooked on the sweet syrup when I was very young. Having found a new supplier, I bought two cans leaving one on the shelf for someone equally as fortunate to find it.
The other food doings became finding a recipe for sweet and sour cucumbers. I remember Rosa making them. I worked for Rosa and her husband, Aage, many years ago. Aage was a Danish Masterbaker (Yummmmmmmmmmmy stuff). Rosa used to make a hot lunch for me every day that I was there. I particularly enjoyed her Danish meatballs with sweet and sour cucumbers. Anyway, we've got a lot of cucumbers growing in our veggie garden and it has become obvious that we need to find a variety of menu options for them. Today was my first attempt at the recipe below. I just tried them...a bit too sharp. Maybe I should switch to a different vinegar type? Or try more sugar?
Sweet and Sour Cucumber
300ml white vinegar
75g caster sugar
1 cucumber sliced paper thin (I used two of our small bush cucumbers)
Combine the sugar and vinegar in a saucepan and heat, gently stirring the mixture to make sure all the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool, then add cucumber and let sit for at least 1/2 hour. Drain for serving and serve chilled.