It’s summer time – you can tell because of the smell of the grill cooking away. Your mouth starts watering – the the searing hot juices squirting out of the brats onto the grates of the grill… Yum! But no brat can go without the perfect toppings – a large fluffy brat bun, a heaping pile of kraut, maybe a small squirt of ketchup… But something is missing… Relish. Not that stuff from a jar, I’m talking about the best relish out there – home made pickle relish!
I know, it sounds good, right?
I threw some together for a Memorial Day BBQ the other day – oh my it was yummy!
Combine apple cider vinegar, ground mustard, and coriander seeds in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half and slightly syrupy. Remove from the heat.
Warm a small skillet on the stove. Either use a non-stick pan or very lightly coat a stainless steel pan with olive oil (I use a paper towel to spread it around - you don't want to introduce oil to the recipe, rather just trying to prevent the pan from sticking). Once the pan is warm, toss in the red pepper, green onion, and garlic. Keep the food moving - you don't want it to burn. Only heat it for about 30 seconds to get the food warm - this will soften it and bring out some more flavor. Remove the pan from the heat and place the contents into your mixing bowl.
While the cider is reducing, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl, including the ingredients warmed in the pan.
Pour in the cider syrup mixture and stir the relish together.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
When I see a problem, I just want to fix it. And when my mind is set on something I get obsessive about focusing on that task until it is one. Since my early days in front of a computer I have been building websites, graphics, and multimedia presentations that are designed with the end user in mind to ensure that they are easy to use, understand, and fun. If what I'm working on doesn't enlighten someone, then I've done something wrong.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing right”
- Hunter S. Thompson
“If it could be done, it should be done.”
- Brian Prom
Yes, I just quoted my self. This quote is both my saving grace and my achilles heel. At times this leads me to recreating something that someone else created. But the journey it takes to accomplish the task is packed full of exploration and learning opportunities, and that's what makes the effort worth it.
At the end of the day, I’m a light hearted soul that likes to put a smile on the faces of others - because we all need to smile from time to time and let out a little laugh once in a while. It’s good for the heart, mind, body, and soul.
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