Pretty and Pronto Pickled Cucumber

Pickled cucumber acts as a perfect foil for oily smoked fish – smoked salmon or mackerel for example. This goes well, for example, with A Sixties-Style Smoked Salmon Cheesecake.

You can add herbs – dill, coriander or mint go well. And you can add spices – coriander seeds for example.

 

Recipe for pretty and pronto pickled cucumber

Serves about 12 – but, of course, it will keep a day or so

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber – or two of the knobbly Lebanese type which have more flavour
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar – or, I use white balsamic condiment which is a bit sweeter and more syrupy
  • 1 tsp textured salt, such as Maldon
  • 2 tsps caster sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper – or grind four or five Indonesian long peppercorns in a pestle and mortar and use those

Method

  1. Slice the cucumber and put them into a medium-sized colander. Alternatively you can carve the cucumber into ribbons using a simple julienne peeler, or if you have one, a spiraliser.
  2. Add the vinegar and the seasoning and leave to marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Squeeze out the cucumber, and pat dry with kitchen towel.

 

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