Getting into a real pickle!

For my next trick, ladies and gentlemen, I plan to make pickled eggs.

When I ran this idea by Paul, he did the “nose/face-scrunch thing” and I knew that once I’d made my big jarful of eggs, he wouldn’t be sneaking any! Oh good…

So this is about as easy as it gets. A short video on how to do the deed:

And it wouldn’t be complete without a “One Year Taste Test” of the pickled eggs, now, would it?

My only problem here is that I plan to use a jar like he’s using, a large pickle jar, which is how my pickles come from the food store (I will need to buy a new jar of dill pickles to get the jar first – unfortunately, I never saved any of these large jars! What a “dummy” I am.) Now I wish I had one! Oh well. Live and learn.

So since I’ll need to empty the large jar of all the dill pickles before I start to make my pickled eggs, it may not be this week! Or maybe I’ll just bite the bullet and find a large pickling jar online and just get it for myself. That sounds like a better plan.

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You know that Paul and I are devoted Anglophiles and that all our TV viewing involves British shows of one sort or another. For the most part, it is not the “Downton Abbey” sort of show, either. I have such mixed feelings on that show. I only watch it just to keep abreast of the storyline because it’s talked about so much over here in the States, and I like to be “in the know” – but also, it’s quite comical to me. It’s so sappy a lot of the time, and the dialog is quite funny – it’s more of a “dramedy” which would be a combo of a drama and a comedy – to us anyway. We don’t take it all that seriously.

Our taste in shows runs more along the lines of the real-life shows that the British are so good at making. Whether it’s ITV or Yorkshire Television or the BBC, there are so many great shows made over there, the list is endless, and we have a good portion of them living here at the cottage on the hill! Some we re-watch, and some we share with others. But they are the shows more about the working folk of England & Scotland mostly. Not about royalty or the upper classes. We are not into the royals for the most part, but more into the “little people,” like those portrayed in shows like “All Creatures Great & Small” for example. The farmers of Yorkshire – the fishermen and policemen and women, the chefs and so many others of the working class of England & Scotland – the people we identify with. Those are the shows we love and watch.

Someday I should really get off my duff and catalog the DVDs we have from Britain. I can’t even imagine what a huge job that would be, however, so it may be a while. Or it may not happen.

So hopefully I’ll be able to manage a jar of pickled eggs one day soon. And after viewing the “one year taste test” – I see I’ll have them for quite a long time!

Just for good measure, here’s a different person’s video on how he makes pickled eggs – he uses a lot of fresh ingredients rather than just the pickling spices alone. I would tend to lean this way, especially putting in the onions because I also love pickled onions! (Hey, a jar of pickled onions?)

I have another bunch of words to impart but will do that in a separate blog. It involves the little show on PBS that preceded Downton Abbey on Sunday night (did anyone see it?) – it involved baking and the British – that’s all I’ll say. Now THAT was a show worth watching! Two hours of it on PBS this past Sunday (called The Great British Baking Competition) – fabulous show and it’ll be on every week, I think, at the same time for the whole series which goes 12 weeks. I think. I hope.

Cheers Everyone… Keep Warm and Carry On!

Bex

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11 Responses to Getting into a real pickle!

  1. Sandy Freel says:

    I saved the link to the baking shows and will watch one now…thanks.
    Not big on eggs like this ..but glad you will try them.

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  2. Bex says:

    Nina and anyone else, here is the schedule for the

    Great British Baking Show

    This is for my area and PBS channels, but it’s a start, and tells a bit about each episode. They seem to be showing 2 consecutive hours of it each time here.

    And I wanted to say Congratulations to Nina for becoming a grandmother for the first time this week! Big hugs!!!

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  3. nina says:

    Poles, like other northern Europeans, pickle everything.If you don’t like pickled cabbage, for example, you’re not Polish.
    I noted the baking show (tho didn’t see it) and saw that it was on again (for just an hour) last night so that it can’t be just a once a week thing.
    Happy pickling!

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  4. Eric Mayer says:

    I don’t recall ever eating a pickled egg. I like pickled stuff generally. When I was a kid my grandmother had some huge ceramic crocks filled with little cucumbers pickling away in the dark.

    Over the years I’ve enjoyed some of the older British sitcoms like Dad’s Army and Being served. A lot gentler and none of the endless, tedious wisecracking that seems to be a staple of US comedies. Or was, when I watched them.

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  5. beanie says:

    I’m not a big fan of pickled food.. although my mother was, and even pickled watermelon rinds. I used to watch a whole bunch of British programs on the PBS channel, including All Creatures Great and Small… that was a really good show! I also loved Fawlty Towers and of course, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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  6. Bex says:

    After D.Abbey was over on Sunday, we made a beeline for bed, it was way too late to stay up any longer… so we didn’t watch the Manners thing after it. We have seen things like that before, however.

    Actually, a large jar of big dill pickles will last me a very long time too. Maybe the guy in the video made several jars? I thought it was awfully long to have one jar last, myself… I would have sliced those babies up and put in salads long before a year went by!

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  7. Rosemary says:

    Am with Anna on loving Downtown Abbey. The Manners of Downtown Abbey that followed our showing here Sunday was very interesting. The baking show we get on Monday evenings. I may be a Brit but pickled eggs, nooooooo, having said that pickled onions are really tasty.

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  8. TopsyTurvy says:

    I’ve never tried pickled eggs but wouldn’t mind trying at least one. You gotta ask though, if the pickled eggs are so good then why does one host still have half a jar of them after a year and the other host says only eat them every once in a while, not often. 😉

    I make pickled beets when our jarred pickles are used up. I keep the jar of juice and then put canned beets in the jar, and a week later VOILA! you have pickled beets. Can’t help thinking that you might be better off doing that with your eggs, too.

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  9. Annanotbob3 says:

    I’ll say nowt about pickled eggs beyond yuck! Not for me. I love Downton Abbey though it is utterly ridiculous, tongue in cheek, catering to the fantasy of British life that some foreigners hold. Also love Great British Bake Off (as it’s called here) – do you know which season it is? Very soothing and lovely. S3 of Last Tango in Halifax is shaping up nicely, but I’ll say no more! I keep trying to think of ones you might have missed – When the Boat Comes In? Poldark? When it comes to historical drama, I much prefer things written at the time they are set (though Poldak was C20th) – there have been some brilliant, wonderful Dickens adaptations – Our Mutual Friend and Bleak House being my favourites. Hope you are well, dear Bex and hey, I replied to your comment on my page! xxx

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  10. Bex says:

    Maggie, the secret is to buy a DVD player that is an all-region player (Region 2 is England/Europe).

    Go here to watch PBS shows…

    If you lived closer, you cold borrow some of my British DVD’s…

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  11. To each their own Bex, pickled eggs, not for me, lol! Those who love them, love them!

    I would love to see a list of the British programs you enjoy. We cannot watch PBS, and it is the only channel I missed when we cancelled television service years ago. I would actually pay a monthly fee to get PBS and nothing else, but that isn’t possible.

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