So I decided to make grilled fish tacos for dinner the other day, and I realized they would be, well, pretty boring without some crunch. And since I am neither frying the fish or throwing glass shards around my kitchen (we had enough of that when the pyrex pie plate committed hari-kari by jumping out of the top shef of the upper cabinet a few weeks ago), I needed to add something.
Enter the seemingly unnaturally bright – but entirely natural, I promise – magenta pickled red cabbage. I loosely consulted a few recipes I randomly found, then made my own up with what I had in my pantry. Full disclosure: sometimes these Frankenrecipes I come up with don’t always pan out, but this one totally did. So you, dear readers, reap the benefits. Enjoy!
1C apple cider vinegar
1/2C red wine vinegar
1/4C sherry vinegar
1/2 average sized red cabbage
2 big pinches of Kosher salt OR 1 big pinch of regular iodized salt
Prep/cook – 15 min
Rest – 1 hr
1 – Slice the half-cabbage into half again, for 2 quarters.
2 – Shred by nethod of choice. I used the mandoline, mainly because I hardly get to and also, it looks like the cabbage is wearing a hat when you use the finger guard, which is fun. You can use a food processor for tinier chopped bits, chop by hand; it all depends on what texture you are going for.
3 – Rinse and drain under cold water.
4 – Put into glass bowl or container. You’ll see I used two containers as my big one was still in the dishwasher. Don’t judge.
5 – Prep all other ingredients.
6 – Combine all but the cabbage in a saucepan and heat until just boiling and the sugar has fully dissolved.
7 – Empty liquid into container, making sure cabbage is covered as best as possible.
8 – Stir to encourage complete coverage; rest until cool and refrigerate for at least an hour.
8 – Nom nom nom. If not right away, within a week.
Awesome photo of the process:
So yesterday – the hottest day in Philadelphia this year, or so it seemed – my brother-in-law reenlisted into the USAF, and I had the privilege of
sweating my ass off photographing the event at the Art Museum Steps. It may well be the reason I hardly went up in weight at my prenatal appointment this morning – I steamed off some fat. Bonus! Anywhoo, below is a selection from the morning.
It’s pretty craptastic outside here today: rainy, damp and cloudy. But not the kind of super-pouring-rainy that makes you want to curl up inside with something cozy to do, like watch Sister Wives or bake something which you subsequently overeat. It’s just enough to make you want to stand at the kitchen counter watching YouTube videos while nomming a few cookies before the boredom moves in (which is usually between 5-10 minutes). So, to remedy this – and also in honor of the fact that we go to Maui via Seattle (yes, The Sunshine City, I know) in 9 days – I’ve decided to go into the archives and post a few pics from our ’09 honeymoon to Hawaii. Don’t worry, I’m not going to innundate you with smushyface lovey-dovey pics, because it’s hard to have alot of those when you’re the one taking the photos. And besides, Mr. Jennysold would probably kill me. Anyway…..
USS Arizona Memorial. Reflective. Quiet. No pearls.
The North Shore. Not included: the awesome Matsumoto Shave Ice
We live right around a sub-area of our town called Manoa. Found this on the Manoa Falls hike and wanted to put it on our bathroom door at home. On right: the official Charmin of the Manoa House Toilet.
“WARNING. WARNING. WARNING. This hike will kill you.”
Early on in the Road to Hana. This is some straight-up right-outta-Lost shit right here. Note the opening to one of the hatches on the left.
More randomness from the Road to Hana.
Old Lahaina luau
And, as promised, we present…..
… Hand sewn items now up on Etsy! There are headbands, totes, pacifier clips (featuring my adorable nephew, James – you’ll have to go check out his modeling debut) and a purse. I think I’m going to hold onto the scarves for a bit until it becomes a little chillier out. I think the last thing people will buy in June/July is something to keep them warmer. Then again, you never know. I did see an eccentric relative help my father build a shed in 90 degree heat while wearing both a turtleneck and scarf…
A few of my fave items (though of course, everything I put up for sale I love):
Owl Be Seeing You Purse
Infinite Spring Tote
Honeycomb Forest Pacifier Clip
Mr. Jennysold and I are getting settled back at home – whew! – after a long day of Punk Rock Flea Marketing and a celebratory/Mother’s (to-be!) Day dinner. It was tons of fun: sold some, learned some, made alot of people smile with the Kiddie Rock Posters. Stuff I figured out while there:
– Don’t forget to bring a table cloth of some sort (like I did).
– Vertical elements to your display will bring the eye in a little more.
– Folded scarves don’t look as, well…. scarf-like. Must get styrofoam head to demo one on. They sell those somewhere, right?
– The posters got alot of attention, and I need to branch out the concept (which I will be very soon! Already have ideas….)
All in all, a very positive first show ever experience. And, as promised, hand-sewn items will be up for sale in a day or two, so look out for those on Etsy!
Just a reminder: JennySold Designs is going to have a table this weekend at the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philly on Sunday, May 13! Come check us out if you’re in the area!
THE PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET-DOME
461 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
May 13, 2012
So, in doing my babystuff research (of which there has been alot), I’ve found that diaper bags are expensive! Very cute, but very expensive. Also, the supercute ones tend to be less, how should we say, “Dad-friendly”. I’m loving the pink and flowered ones, but I’m guessing Mr. Jennysold will not want to be caught carrying them around. And the gender neutral ones are, well… boring. Then I thought, “hey, I have a stash of fabric I bought for “something baby” that I want to use, and just got some nice green outdoor home decor fabric that should hold up well against the elements – I’ll just make my own.
The criteria for me was gender neutral in style, usability past it’s diaper-bag life, and easy to put together. After looking around for patterns, I came across this free one on “A Mingled Yarn”. It’s a messenger bag style, easily adaptable should you choose (I removed the side pouches and padded the strap), and provided me the opportunity to make “covertly cute” which I did by lining the bag with the fabric I’ve been hoarding. There are owls on this bag somewhere, but don’t worry Mr. Jennysold – no one will ever know but you and I. :)
I also made a travel changing pad with a cover that includes a pouch for a few diapers and wipes using the same fabric. My only adaptations were laminating my own fabric instead buying one premade, and skipping the bias tape on the edges of the pad because the interfacing I used made it a but thick and I thought the tape wouldn’t look quite right. Apologies for not having the link to the pattern used; It’s on the iPad somewhere; I will update this post with the link as soon as I find it. Find the link, not the iPad. If I lost my iPad, I think I would go into mourning…