Foodiva's Kitchen: French Fridays with Dorie - Crunchy Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Friday, July 6, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie - Crunchy Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Earth laughs in flowers.
~ Henry David Thoreau

A friend once told me that the way someone prepares food is an innate expression of their soul. I'm too scared to even ponder what my food says about me, nevertheless I couldn't resist turning this week's French Fridays with Dorie cooking group assignment into something that Dorie had probably never envisaged - visually, anyway - when she was writing up her award-winning cookbook, Around My French Table.


It's an easy recipe with no cooking involved, Crunchy Ginger Pickled Cucumbers. Dorie suggested that we cut the cucumber into chunks and add minced ginger and red pepper flakes to the pickling liquid. So what did I do? I sliced the cucumbers across into rounds and punched out holes in the middle using a round cutter I use for making donuts. And instead of mincing the ginger, I decided how lovely it would be if the ginger was turned into teeny flowers. My flower shaped fondant cutter proved handy for this task and I was glad it got some usage because having never ever worked with fondant, my exotic cutters were lying in my baking cabinet doing, well not very much. Please don't ask me why I even have so many of them in the first place....that's like asking why I have more pairs of shoes than I'll ever need. It's just one of those unresolvable mysteries of the universe!


In place of the red pepper flakes, I thought fresh sliced red pepper would complement the green of the cucumber and still give off some heat. For an extra dimension of flavor, you could sprinkle some minced herbs, either cilantro, parsley or chives on top of the cucumbers just before serving but I chose not too, because after cutting out all those miniature ginger flowers, why would I want to hide them? These pickles are quick to prepare and make such pretty picnic food, I will definitely be thinking up new ways of serving this up in future. Oh, and there will always be a more interesting way just around the corner!


15 comments:

Ei said...

Whaaaat? You carved flowers out of ginger?? I'm lucky if I can grate the stuff without cursing it out for clogging up my grater with its pesky little fibers. Beautiful, as always, Maya!

Pacheco Patty said...

I saw those were ginger flowers! I love the way you cut the cucumber into rings, very cool and crunchy!

Maya Mohd said...

Ei, that's precisely WHY I don't grate ginger! Truth be told, I had to cut off the pesky fibres from these microscopic flowers too, they were a real pain. But sooo worth it! ;)

Maya Mohd said...

Thanks Patty, that's why being on instagram is such a bonus. You always get a sneak preview of my FFWD offerings! :)

Guyla said...

I like what you did with the recipe Maya! Very creative.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Maya - if food preparation is the "innate expression of your soul", you must be the most creative baker/cook/person I have ever come across! Absolutely wonderful presentation, as always.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Maya - you are always so creative in your presentation - lovely!

Sandra M. said...

Very beautiful Maya! I love your creativity, and always stunning presentations.

Rose said...

Gorgeous! That's all I have to say. Just gorgeous.

wok with ray said...

This is beautiful, Maya! I love the complimenting colors of the ginger to the cucumber and of course the vibrant contrasting color red of the chili pepper. Just beautiful!

Cher Rockwell said...

Ginger flowers. Of course :-)
Beautiful presentation. I would love to be a guest at a picnic that these showed up at...

Vicki Bensinger said...

Oh Maya what a genius idea. The flowered ginger makes the dish look so light and dainty. I love it.

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

Get outta here! What a gorgeous place of pickles. You are so clever.

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi Maya,
I love how much thought and creativity you put into all of your recipes. The little ginger flowers are a great idea, as is the cucumber rounds. It all comes together into a fun pickle.

Hope you are doing well, hugs:)

Maya Mohd said...

Nancy@Spicie Foodie, I never thought I'd see the words 'fun' and 'pickle' in the same sentence! Lol. But you're right, sometimes the universe comes together in very mysterious ways to transform even the mundane into something quite lovely. Thank you for checking in, been missing you loads!

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