Kimchi is spicy, hot, sour and, like most fermented vegetables, very healthy. High in fiber, low in calories and fat, packed with vitamin C and carotene, it is a real wonder food and a highly addictive delight.
Radishes are very crisp as a vegetable and they were perfect to pickle. I used a mix color bunch of radishes, but ultimately the color became pink from the skin of the red and purple ones. Here is the simple recipe.
The best preserve we ate last year was a condiment I almost skipped over on my plate. This black radish relish is based on that evening and the amazing flavours we were presented. This relish is sweet, tart, soft and brash at the same time.
Via the New England Cheese Making Company's blog comes a fabulous post on using mesophilic culture to inoculate your kimchi. Bonus: A handy tip on making drain tubes to vent gas and circulate liquid in your jars.