Here is something which is pretty easy to prepare and to finish. There's still time for the initial processes plus a few weeks maturing to have a tasty item for home use or as a lovely gift when Christmas comes around. I made Roopa's Lime Pickle recently after trying other recipes. It really does seem to be the best I've tried so far.
Well, I've dragged you in and now comes the teaser. Once again, success relies on possession of a certain cookbook by a certain reliable cookery writer... Which means that you are going to have to stump up some cash or pull your already-purchased prized possession from its shelf. The clues to the recipe are here. If you are truly desperate, other searches will reveal alternative free instructions. I cannot guarantee that the results will be the same! After thanks to Diana Henry for having a good friend like Roopa, let me explain why you should make this one.
Seasonality is important to me. I am slightly obstinate about using fruits and vegetables at their best when they are grown and picked nearby... Our garden is my favourite supplier!
There are some concessions I will make and this is certainly one of them. Limes don't grow here (much!) so I'm already feeling less guilty. If I can then forget which season it might be in another part of our wide world, I can get on with using these bright, tangy green fruits with a clear conscience.
I enjoyed the very British necessity to compensate for lack of sun in the prep of this pickle. A microwave does that job. Then it's a session of salting rather like that for preserved lemons. The resultant mildly mashed mess looks satisfyingly authentic and, as I said, the taste is right up there with any I've tried. There are plenty of excuses to use this. Please don't just consign it to the poppadum and pickle zone.
Time to let you decide how you will make your own. If the lack of recipe offends you, I promise to make a peace offering and bring you back into the fold with my next post. Full instructions guaranteed... No teasing!