Rainbow Chard Kimchi (1 litre)

I started the year with the good intentions of eating more fermented vegetables but was somewhat astounded when a small half litre of home made cabbage kimchi in my local shop cost a small fortune. So now I am making it for myself most of the time. This version is from ” The Artisan Kitchen” by James Strawbridge.

To make the best kimchi spread the salt over the greatest surface area to increase osmosis: massage thoroughly and get it right into any crevices.The parchment keeps ingredients submerged to maintain an anaerobic environment. A plastic bag filled with air is a good alternative .Look out for small bubbles of carbon dioxide, a sign that fermentation is in full swing. If the process is slow to get going, try moving the jar to a warmer spot.

Strawberry and Pimm’s Jam

Another favourite recipe from ” The Modern Preserver” by Kylee Newton, ideal with scones and clotted cream or poured over vanilla ice cream as a dessert. Its a soft set recipe so when you do the wrinkle test make sure it is on the softer side. It will make 7-8 228 ml jars.