Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Garden Fresh Jalapenos and Candied Jalapenos

from this…

to this…

to this!

Candied Jalapenos

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons water

1 cup sugar

8 large jalapenos

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

 Procedure:

1) Remove seeds and ribs, then cut jalapenos into ¼ inch squares

2) Sauté jalapenos on a griddle (wiped w/ olive oil) until lightly browned and blistered

3) Put sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pot and boil until light amber in color (333 -335 degrees F on a candy thermometer), brushing inside of pot w/ water occasionally to prevent crystals from forming

4) Stir in vinegar, then stir in jalapenos

5) Let cool in pot, then pour into a jar

Ideas for use:

· Apple topping or topping for your other favorite fruit (use as a spicy alternative for caramel apples)

· Finishing glaze for BBQ’ed fish, meats, or vegetable

· Spread for toast (I use it like a fruit jam)

· Ice cream topping (as you would a caramel sauce)

Cooking notes: The sugar crystalized as it cooled down so the end product was not right.  I decided to do this post anyway because it gave me the opportunity to show you what it’s not supposed to look like (i.e., the sugar is supposed to be a transparent amber color, not an opaque caramel). I was in a hurry when making this batch because I was leaving town the next day. Lesson learned… always leave time for a redo so your finished product will be the way you want it to be.

However, if this ever happens to you, don’t throw it away, just microwave the open container for 30 – 45 seconds (depending on how powerful your microwave is) to melt the sugar crystals, just like you can do w/ honey when it begins to crystalize.

Until next time…

Bruno

Garden Update

The garden has been producing fantastically this year, and thanks to my better fence, the squirrels and rabbits have been stymied from eating all the ripe goodies to their hearts content! Of course I share some of the garden bounty w/ the furry yard critters, but I get first pick, not them this year :-)

Photos from August 5th:

Garden from different angles

Butternut squash; pineapple tomato; yellow bell peppers

Pear tomatoes; jalapenos; herbs

Bounty from July 25th and August 5th:

Fresh pickin’s: pear, black krim and cherokee purple tomatoes; cipollini, red and yellow onions; more pear tomatoes, onions, the first ripe yellow bell pepper and pineapple tomato

I hope your garden is growing well too this year!

Ciao…

Bruno