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Bread & Butter Pickles – One of the Great Depression’s Greatest Hits

During the Great Depression, sandwiches weren’t quite what they are today. Forget about choice of aioli, or did you want roast tri tip or smoked turkey; back then it was more like, “Did you want cucumbers in your sandwich, or nothing in your sandwich?” Okay, cucumbers it is.


At the end of summer, the excess “cuc” crop was sliced, salted, pickled, and put up in jars for the cold, lean months ahead. If you thought summer Depression-era sandwiches sucked, it was much worse in winter, when you couldn’t even find a bland vegetable to slap between your slices of buttered bread.

I can just imagine what a treat it must have been to fill a sandwich with these sweet crunchy coins, or “bread and butter pickles,” as they came to be known. I’m sure it was a wonderful break from what must have been a fairly flavorless existence. Happily, times are a bit better now, and we only make these because they taste really good.

So, make a batch, experience a little piece of American culinary history, and as you’re tossing them on that burger, think back to what those days must have been like. I mean, especially with no YouTube! I hope you give these bread & butter pickles  a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for about 2 pints:
2 lbs pickling or other firm, little cucumbers
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
2 red jalapeno pepper, sliced
3 tbsp kosher salt
2 cups sugar
2 cups white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 cloves garlic, sliced

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies – So Wrong, and Yet So Right

Admittedly, the witch joke at the beginning of the video
may have been a little graphic, but that’s what I always think of when I hear the
legend of how these cookies supposedly got their name. As the story goes, when
these sweet treats first made their appearance, people that tasted them were so
taken by the sheer awesomeness, that they went nuts and started running around
shouting, “Whoopie!! Whoopie!!” 


Sure they did. This seems very exaggerated, but no matter
how they got the “whoopie” part, at least the rest of the name is not accurate
either. That’s right, not only is this cookie not a pie, this pie isn’t even a
cookie…it’s really a little cake. Confused? Me too, and I just wrote that.

Anyway, despite the dubious name, and the other dubious
name, at least the gingerbread part is accurate. Although, now that I think
about it, it’s not really a ”bread”…okay, this has to stop. With holiday cookie
exchanges in full swing, the only thing I can say with certainty is that these
whatever-they-are’s were very delicious, fun to make, and I hope you give them
a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 9 to 12 finished Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
(depending on the size!)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (10 ounces by weight)
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 rounded teaspoons ground ginger (3 if you like it spicy)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup boiling water
Bake at 350ºF or about 12 minutes
For the filling (makes extra!):
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 tsp cream or milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
*you can adjust texture by adding more powdered sugar or
milk

Chana masala

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This is a mildly curried side dish to serve alongside a meat or chicken curry, or can be served as a light vegetarian supper on it’s own. Take care to use a mild chilli powder and add sparingly – you can always add more later, but you can’t take it away! If you like hot food add a little chopped fresh red chilli or chilli flakes when frying off the spices. A little fresh coriander is delicious sprinkled over this Chana Masala just before serving.

  • Serves: 4-6

  • Prep time: 5 mins

  • Cooking time: 15 mins

  • Total time: 20 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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If you wish to use dried chick peas you will need to soak them overnight in cold water then drain and place in a large pan, cover with water, bring to the boil, boil for 15 mins then reduce the heat and simmer until tender. Do not add salt until the end of cooking time as this will toughen the skins.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3cm piece root ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1/2tsp mild chilli powder
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • 2x 400g can chick peas, drained
  • 1 lime
  • Warmed Nann bread or chapattis to serve

Method

  1. Fry the onions in the sunflower oil over a low heat for 5 mins until softened. Add the ginger, garlic, garam masala and chilli powder and fry for just 1 minute to release the flavours.
  2. Add the tomatoes and chick peas and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Season with salt, black pepper and a squeeze of lime juice, to taste
  3. Slice the remaining lime and serve alongside the Chana masala.

By Nichola Palmer

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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