St Luke’s Community Centre serves the community which lives in and around the former parish of St Luke’s, Old Street.
The building provides a space for local people to gather and socialise, and for other organisations to deliver services and activities to the local community.
One of these organisations is the Central Street Cookery School who provide community classes looking at issues of social exclusion, food waste management and look to help to improve health and well-being to the local residents. I was invited to attend the cookery school’s kitchens by Sarsons, to take part in a pickling workshop.
When I arrived I sampled 4 pickles; pickled cucumbers, pickled garlic, pickled peppers and Vietnamese carrot pickle.
This was such a treat as I am a massive pickle lover.
We then had to decide which pickle we wanted to make. I decided to buddy up with the lovely and very talented Sarah who writes at Mumzilla and have a go at making the pickled garlic. It is so nice to meet fellow bloggers and once I saw her head straight for the wine, I knew I had found a kindred spirit!
We were given a selection of intriguing and colourful ingredients and a row of Kilner jars
12 pink pepercorns
1tsp fennel seeds
3 bay leaves
50g granulated sugar
a pinch of saffron
300ml pickling vinegar
a Kilner jar
(This is enough for 1 jar)
We started to peel our massive pile of garlic, at this point we started to think we hadn’t thought this through!
We peeled a lot of garlic!
We sterilised the jars, and then filled with the garlic, fennel seeds, red peppercorns, saffron, bay leaves and sugar.
The Sarsons pickling vinegar was heated on the hob and then poured over each jar until it was full. Then we sealed the jars.
I am not going to lie….my hands smelt of garlic for several days, but it was definitely worth it. I have stored them whilst they mature for one week and then I am going to eat them with vast quantities of blue cheese.
You can find the full recipe for this pickle and the others mentioned on the Sarsons website.
I can’t wait to try some of the other pickles recipes on their website in the run up to christmas.
A beautiful Kilner jar full of pickles makes a gorgeous gift for Christmas, dressed with a pretty ribbon.