Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Condiment Combo

Ever tried Daikon radish aka lok bok? Well if you haven't then Asian quick pickle is a great recipe to test out this root vegetable for the first time.This is a condiment that you can create quickly while incorporating fresh ingredients and minimal prep work.This is a dish we would call an improvement to a main dish.This can be served with soups,pastas,sandwiches and even fish.

Asian quick pickle is a must try recipe from Homemade Condiments.Its particularly tasty garnished atop of ramen noodles allowing an overall unique flavor.This condiment offers a balance of acidity as well as sweetness.It includes a settle flavor of carrot,cucumber and green onion.While Daikon carries the strongest flavor overall.However its the seasonings of rice vinegar, sugar, and sesame seed that truly carry this recipe to the next level. A sweet and sour garnish with an added crunch.Overall, a unique condiment that is super healthy,full of vitamins and brings natural beauty to any main dish.

Asian Quick Pickles

3/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt or sea salt
1 medium Daikon radish
2 medium carrots
1 medium English cucumber
1 green onion,thinly sliced
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Using a small saucepan, I mixed together vinegar,sugar and salt. I then brought it to a boil over medium heat.Once boiled, I removed it from the heat and let the sugar as well as salt dissolve.

I then began peeling the Daikon,carrots and cucumber. From there, I thinly sliced  the Daikon and carrots with a knife on a diagonal.Then I stacked a few slices together and cut them into matchsticks, repeating the process till done.Then with the peeled cucumber,I cut it in half lengthwise and scooped out the seeds and thinly sliced the cucumber into crescents. 

From there, I placed all the vegetables in a medium bowl and poured the vinegar mixture over the top.Then I added the thinly sliced green onion and sprinkled on the sesame seeds.Then gently gave it a quick toss.

 Options for use

Ramen noodles
Spring rolls
Grilled Salmon or tuna

I believe that everyone needs a simple and fresh salsa recipe for their repertoire.A salsa that is full of flavor and can be whipped up in no time to serve to friends and family. So,if you need that special recipe for you're next gathering. Then I recommend this Black Bean And Corn Salsa from Homemade Condiments.A recipe that is inexpensive, made with basic ingredients and easily adaptable for any heat seekers.

It can also be served with just about anything you can think of and is better then any store bought. A homemade salsa made with sweet,juicy tomatoes,hearty black beans,sweet corn and zesty red onion while simply seasoned with salt and lime juice cannot be compared to anything.Overall, we have a fresh healthy salsa that has layers of flavor and impressive in appearance.

Black  Bean and Corn Salsa 

Yields 24 ounces
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed or 1 3/4 cooked black beans
1 1/2 cups cooked fresh or frozen and thawed yellow corn kernels
6-7 ounces tomatoes,seeded and diced ( 2 medium sliced tomatoes)
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 tbsp fresh lime juice ( 1 lime)
1/2 tsp salt to taste

Using a large bowl, I gently combined the beans,thawed corn,sliced tomatoes,and minced onion.Then drizzled the lime juice over the top and sprinkled with salt, stirred to combined Serve right away.Refrigerate, covered for up to 2 days.

Options for use

Tortilla chips
Taco topping
Sandwich wraps
Grilled fish

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