Simple Pickled Red Onion

Simple Pickled Red Onion

This simple homemade pickled red onion recipe is easy and delicious! I can easily demolish a jar of pickled red onions in a week. They just get better and better as they continue to pickle and infuse. You can eat these pickled red onions on absolutely anything!! And I mean anything…Top on salads, stirfries, curry, tacos, noodles, cheese, and crackers or in sandwiches. They also make beautiful, delicious gifts for your friends and family.

Watch how to make Pickled Red Onions

Simple Pickled Red Onions

simple pickled red onions

Quick and easy pickled red onions add flavour to any meal. Add your seasonal garden herbs such as Fennel, Dill or Chilli to boost the flavours.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Red Onions
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Raw Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

  1. Finely slice the red onions - using a mandoline is the easiest option.
  2. Cram as many red Onions into a clean sterilised jar.
  3. In a saucepan add the vinegar, sugar, and salt and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mix starts to simmer.
  4. Add any extra flavours to the jar such as chilli, fennel flowers, fennel fronds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, or peppercorns ( 1tsp per jar).
  5. Pour over the liquid and secure the lid.
  6. Allow cooling for one hour and place in the fridge.

    Notes

    To sterlise the jars place in a hot dishwasher run or wash and heat in the over for 10-15 at 110 degrees celcius.

    You can swap and use just one type of vinegar if you prefer.

    Use within 3 weeks.

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    Rosemary and Herb Salt

    Rosemary and Herb Salt

    Rosemary and herb salt is a quick and easy way to preserve your homegrown herbs to use throughout the year. Herb finishing salts, add so much flavour to meals in a quick and convenient way. Try Rosemary and herb salt on your roast vegetables for a delicious boost of flavour.

    Why Grow Rosemary?

    Rosemary is such a versatile herb and works well with both sweet and savoury dishes. It has a fragrant, pine like aroma. Rosemary offers so many beneficial relationships within your garden. Rosemary is a hardy, drought tolerant, ever green perennial herb. A fantastic staple to have growing in any edible garden. Rosemary also has many healing properties, so it is a handy plant to have near the house or in a kitchen garden.

    When to Harvest Herbs?

    The best time of day to harvest your herbs is first thing in the morning. This is when the plants are hydrated and full of life. As the day goes on, they will lose moisture and not be as fresh and vibrant. Early in the morning, the bees are not yet active. As the sun comes up and the dew drys, the bees will be about in a hive of activity. So, if you do pick later in the day, just be cautious not stress them out and avoid getting stung.

    Yield: 1 cup

    Rosemary and Herb Salt

    rosemary salt
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Additional Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of Salt
    • 1 cup chopped herbs (Rosemary, Parsley, Fennel Frond)

    Instructions

    1. Rinse herbs, remove stalks and roughly chop.
    2. Add to a mixer and blitz until breadcrumb consistency (or leave chunky if you would like too)
    3. Add in salt and blitz quickly to combine.
    4. Spread on to parchment and dry in the oven or dehydrator at 45 degrees celsius until dry. Stir through after one hour to loosen up the mix and allow it to dry faster. The length of time will depend on the water content of the herbs (approx 2 hours). The mixture will go a lighter green colour.
    5. Once dry add to a clean airtight jar.

    Notes

    • The colour may fade over time
    • Try herbs such as Thyme, Mint, Sage, Chilli, Oregano

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    Fennel Frond Pesto

    Fennel Frond Pesto

    I made this delicious Fennel Front Pesto to use up the all the beautiful fresh fennel fronds I had. Super quick and easy to make! Are you growing fennel and not sure what to make with all those beautiful fennel fronds? I grew fennel for the first time this year so I had to start figuring out what to make with the abundance of greenery after harvesting the fennel.

    I often will portion out my extra pesto into ice cubes and freeze them in a container to preserve for future meals. Pesto is great to have on hand in the freezer to add to sauces, soups, quick and easy pasta sauce and even just defrosted as a dip for a cheese platter. Fennel Frond Pesto adds a fresh herbaceous flavour and saves buying dip in plastic containers!

    Yield: 2 cups

    Fennel Frond Pesto

    fennel frond pesto
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup Walnuts
    • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
    • 1/4 cup Distilled Water
    • 2-3 cups Fennel Fronds
    • 2 Garlic Cloves
    • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
    • Sprinkle of Salt to Season

    Instructions

    1. Wash Fennel Fronds and remove hard woody centre stem.
    2. Place all ingredients EXCEPT Walnuts in a Nutribullet or food processor. Blitz until combined and fronds have broken up into small pieces.
    3. Add the Walnuts and blitz to combine. If the mixture looks a little thick or dry add in an extra dash of water or olive oil.
    4. Taste and add extra salt if needed and ready to serve!

    Notes

    If you want to preserve divide the extra mixture into ice trays and freeze. I use large Ice trays. Then once it has frozen place in an airtight, freezer-proof container until you are ready to use.

    I use a Nutribullet or stick blender as that is all I have. They work well but that is why I split the walnuts and greens up as it takes longer to blitz the greens.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1/4 cup

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 72.5mgCarbohydrates: 3.5gSugar: 0gProtein: 1.7g

    More about Fennel

    Fennel is such a great addition to your permaculture garden. The bulbs provide plenty of food which can be eaten fresh in a salad, roasted or pickled. The leaves are a great addition to salads, soups and teas. It also has beautiful yellow flowers that have a mild liquorice/ aniseed flavour and are an amazing edible flower as well as to attract pollinators to your garden. Their big bushy fronds make a great haven for beneficial insects and they look beautiful in vases as cut greenery and flowers. They self-seed very well so you will have fennel growing for many years to come with very little effort!

    fennel frond
    Fennel Salad with Kumquat, Watermelon Radish and edible flowers.

    I am always learning new ways to use, cook and preserve everything I grow. I want to maximise my harvests and I am doing that by continuously expanding my knowledge and recipe base. Fennel Frond Pesto is now added to my list and I will continue to explore new ways to use all the parts of the fennel plant. Join me over on YouTube for weekly videos as I continue on my journey to live a more Sustainable Lifestyle.

    I made this delicious Fennel Front Pesto by swapping out the greens from my garden pesto recipe. It is a super versatile recipe to use up any extra herbs and greens from your garden.

    Watch my video below to find out more about my favourite edible flowers.

    What do you use Fennel Fronds for? Leave a comment below ๐ŸŒฟ

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    Easy Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce

    Easy Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce

    This easy Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce is a fantastic way to use up a bunch of homegrown chillies. Growing Chillies is a great place to start for Beginner Gardeners or those with limited space as they are easy to grow and can produce an abundance of chilli on one plant. Chilli plants like warm weather but they can be grown throughout winter in a greenhouse or warm spot. I will cut back my chilli plants soon, place in a warm area and let them go semi-dormant for the winter which is called “overwintering”. That way come spring and summer the plants are well established and will provide me with a decent crop.

    SWEET CHILLI SAUCE

    This recipe can be adjusted to be as mild or hot as you like. You can use different chilli varieties but obviously the hotter the variety the more your sweet chilli sauce will pack a punch! If you are concerned I would remove and save the seeds from 3/4 of the chilli and once it has cooked down a bit, taste and add more of the seeds to get the desired heat. I just went all-in with the seeds and used a hot Thai Chilli variety so mine turned out quite hot but I like that.

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    Watch Chilli Harvest and making Sweet Chilli Sauce

    Yield: 500g

    Easy Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce

    homemade sweet chilli sauce

    This easy Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce is a fantastic way to use up a bunch of homegrown chillies. Growing Chillies is a great place to start for Beginner Gardeners or those with limited space as they are easy to grow and can produce an abundance of chilli on one plant.

    This recipe can be adjusted to be as mild or hot as you like. You can use different chilli varieties but obviously, the hotter the variety the more your sweet chilli sauce will pack a punch! If you are concerned I would remove and save the seeds from 3/4 of the chilli and once it has cooked down a bit, taste and add more of the seeds to get the desired heat. I just went all-in with the seeds and used a hot Thai Chilli variety so mine turned out quite hot but I like that.

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Additional Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 250 - 350g Chilli
    • 8 Cloves Garlic
    • 5 cm piece of Ginger
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 2 cups White Vinegar
    • 3 teaspoons Salt

    Instructions

    1. Wash chilli and cut off the green stems.
    2. Roughly chop the Chilli, Garlic and Ginger and add to a mixing bowl or food processer.
    3. Blitz the mixture into a rough paste using either a food processor or stick mixer. If using a stick mixer make sure you cover the bowl with a cloth to stop bits of chilli flying everywhere!
    4. Add the blitzed chilli mixture to a pot and add Sugar, Vinegar and Salt.
    5. Bring to the boil and then let it simmer on a low - medium heat until the mixture thickens (45min - 1hr).
    6. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools. Add a dash of water or extra vinegar if need be.
    7. Heat oven to 130 degrees celsius and add your clean jars or bottles to sterilize for 15mins. Put the lids in a bowl of boiling water for 5 minutes.
    8. Carefully pour the warm sauce mixture into your jars while they are still warm and secure the lids on.
    9. Store in the fridge and use within 3-4 weeks*


    * For long term storage place in smaller containers or jars and freeze or use canning methods for long term preservation.

    Notes

    If you want a mild sweet chilli sauce, remove 3/4 of the chilli seeds and set aside. Once the mixture has started to reduce, taste and add extra seeds as desired.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    20

    Serving Size:

    25ml

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 350mgmgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 14.1gProtein: 0.3g

    Serve with Sweet Potato Fries, as a Stirfry sauce, burger sauce or even add to noodles and vegetables for a deliciously tasty meal packed full of flavour.

    If you have chilli plants that ripen at different times or a smaller amount to harvest, try freezing them whole until you have enough saved up to make the recipe. Other ways to preserve your chillies are to dry them out and keep them whole or try blitzing the dried chillies to make a chilli powder or flakes.

    I hope you enjoy this easy homemade sweet chilli sauce!

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    Zucchini Fritters

    Zucchini Fritters

    Yay, its summertime and Zucchini Fritters served with homemade chutney and a fresh garden salad is the perfect summer meal. My Zucchini harvests are in full swing and I will be making the most of the abundance by trialling out as many new Zucchini recipes as I can. When I first started growing Zucchini the only way I knew how to cook with them was to throw them in a stirfry, but I have since learnt there are so many easy and delicious ways to use them. I look forward to sharing them all with you! These were quick and easy to make and taste so good! That is pretty much the main criteria for anything I cook!

    For these fritters, I used Golden Zucchini as that is what I had just picked but you can use any variety. I have found the Golden Zucchini much like the regular black variety but you do have to harvest them earlier as the seeds inside start to develop quickly.

    Ingredients

    • 3 small-medium zucchini
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/4 finely sliced red onion (could use shallots or spring onion)
    • 1/2 cup chopped parsley and chives
    • Salt and Pepper
    • 1 small fresh chilli finely sliced

    Note: you could add 1/2 cup of cheese to really up the flavour such as parmesan, cheddar or fetta.

    How to Make them:

    1. Rinse your zucchini and grate them into a bowl. Grind with a good amount of rock salt (roughly 5-6 grinds) to allow the moisture to extract. Stir through, cover and set aside for 10minutes.
    2. Finely chop your herbs, onion and chilli.
    3. After 10 minutes or so place your grated zucchini in a sieve and squeeze out all the extra moisture.
    4. Then in a clean bowl mix all your ingredients together and season well with salt and pepper.
    5. Heat a pan on medium-high heat with oil and spoon your mixture in and flatten it down a bit. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until crispy brown.

    Makes 10-12 Zucchini Fritters

    Serving suggestions:

    You could serve your Zucchini Fritters with a dollop of Greek yoghurt or sour cream, your favourite chutney and a fresh green garden salad.

    What are your favourite ways to use Zucchini?

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