Thursday, June 29, 2006

California Mix

My grandma gave me this recipe when she visited a couple of months ago. It is one of her famous "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" recipes!

My hubby loves "California Mix". It is a mix of cauliflower, onions, garlic, and peppers, in a vinegar brine. OK, I realize that sounds, well, not so great, but if you like spicy, peppery goodies, this one is for you! One added extra is that this is so easy to make! You can add more of the things that you like and delete anything you don't. If the spiciness sounds like too much, just reduce the amount of jalapenos and red peppers.
You need:

1 large head of cauliflower, separated into florets
1-2 handfuls of baby carrots
1 white onion, chopped into large pieces
1 sweet red pepper, chopped into large pieces
mushrooms (I threw a couple of handfuls in)
1/2 to 1 sliced jalapeno per jar
3-4 cloves of garlic per jar
1 dried red chile per jar
1/2 to 1 tsp. dill seed per jar
1 bay leaf per jar
Brine mixture (see below)

Boil the cauliflower and carrots in water for 3 minutes and then drain.
Place the dill, jalapeno, red chile, garlic and bay leaf in each jar, and then arrange the veggies on top.

Bring the brine mixture to a boil:
6 cups water
2 cups white vinegar
3 TB salt

Pour the brine over the veggies in the jars and place lids on tight. This is best when it sits for a few days. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.