Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fermenting and a Finish

Suddenly I realized that I was at the bottom of my last jar of sauerkraut.  YIKES!  How did that happen?  Okay, I enjoyed it a lot.  So a few pounds of cabbage some salt and some shredded carrots are becoming the next batch of sauerkraut - but that will take a month to be properly done and ready to put in jars.  These jars will go in the refrigerator because if you heat can the sauerkraut many of the healthy benefits of fermenting are lost.

But what about the immediate need?  Hmmm... A trip to the Asian grocery yielded some nice Korean Radishes - they were approximately two pounds each. Sadly the Napa cabbage looked unappealing.  The best time to get it is mid to late fall right after harvest.   So I stopped at my usual grocery and got standard cabbage along with some carrots and green onions.
I have jars of kimchi and kkakdugi sitting in the laundry room fermenting.  I make them hot and spicy because that is the way I like it. The lovely red color is from the red pepper paste that I used in this recipe variation.  (The Asian store was *gasp* out of Korean hot pepper flakes. Luckily I had the paste in my refrigerator.)
The kimchi jars on the right are not full. But that is okay they will ferment nicely anyway.  The kkakdugi (kimchi made diced with Korean radish) is on the left.   I tasted both types and I am sure they will be delicious.  I wish I could eat them now - but they are healthier if allowed to ferment and develop some lovely probiotics.  Here are some closeup photos:

Since those are all "works in progress" let's move on to the finish!

I have one lovely quilt finish.  This one made me quite happy.  I am two weeks ahead of the "due date" on it. 

Doesn't the quilt look great? (just ignore the weeds and such.) 
And it is properly labeled also. I did blur the name of the recipient for privacy purposes.

I love everything about this quilt - except that I am giving it away. I would be happy to have one like it.  Of course this is a true one of a kind creation, and that makes it an even more special gift.

I hope you are having a great week and accomplishing your goals too.
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A Left-Handed Quilter said...

I'm not a fan of kimchi - but that IS one lovely quilt finish! Congratulations! - Love the colors - the "flow" of the design - the WHOLE thing! And two weeks ahead of schedule - how do you do that?!?! - ;))

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Congratulations on being ahead of the game on your quilt finish. It looks great. You could make yourself one too you know, and change it just enough to keep it interesting to work on the second time around.

Debbie said...

The quilt turned out just great....very strong color and design. Make another, now that you have the process figured out. Besides nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Vicki W said...

The graduation quilt turned out great!

Marlene said...
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Marlene said...

Geez, some day I'll learn to proof read before hitting "publish"!

Never have developed a taste for sauerkraut, but I admire your ability to make it.

The quilt is beautiful and it has a very masculine feel about it. I hope he will cherish it. My 3 brothers and I all received a quilt from my grandmother. All four of us loved them and used them on our bed until they wore out to the point of falling to pieces. My own quilt managed to hang in there to be used on my eldest daughter's bed for a few years. It took decades of love and daily use to wear those quilts out, but I'm sorry they are no longer around.

How do you feel about quilts given as a gift Gene? Do you prefer that they be carefully stored and preserved or would you rather that your gifts be loved to the point of eventually falling to pieces?

Jeanna said...

Your sauerkraut looks delish. My mouth actually watered...LOL.

Congratulations on finishing the quilt and yes, it IS a lovely finish. Your creativity really shows in this design, another Gene Black original that will be cherished.