Some of my favourite pickles, sauces, and my ultimate cheese toastie. Enjoy!
Welcome to part six of the Lockdown Chow Down!
Join me (almost) daily as we reconnect with one of life’s most simple pleasures, food!
In this edition, we covered a few staples that are always in my pantry; pickles and my favourite charred tomato salsa. We will be using both of these to build Enchiladas and some amazingly good Black Bean Chilli Nachos.
Pickles are your Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actress Category. They are super simple to make and an absolute life hack when you are trying to throw together a stress free dinner in a hurry. Lasting about two weeks in the fridge, they will instantly cut the richness of a slow braise, jazz up a grain bowl, or bring much needed colour and freshness to any salad or veggie dish.
Today we cover a red onion and a cucumber pickle, but feel free to swap these ingredients out for for trimmed green beans, red cabbage, daikon, or whole chillies.
Charred tomato salsa is also a winner on so many levels, that I will often triple the recipe below and freeze batches for “future” Jess. Comprising only five ingredients, the salsa can be spooned over meat and veg, turned into a dressing for grains, used as a dip for nachos, or watered down to form a braising liquid. It’s as versatile as it is smoky and delicious.
Wanna make my Ultimate Toastie seen in the pictures? Simply scroll to the end of the Charred Tomato Salsa post
If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel and #lockdownchowdown on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Happy cooking!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this gluten-free?
The pickles and sauce are both gluten free! Enjoy!
Can I pickle any vegetable?
Yes! Thinly sliced carrots, bite sized cauliflower florets, trimmed green beans, thinly sliced red cabbage, daikon and chillies all make great pickles.
Can I use my air fryer for the salsa?
My air fryer has a grill function so I have used it to make this salsa. If yours does not you can still give it a go on air fry on the highest heat setting. Be sure to get the tomatoes a little charred and adjust the cook time as needed to achieve this