Goodness knows we like our food pretty – darn – spicy in the Parisienne Farmhouse and this weekend was our annual Jardinera weekend!
With Jalepenos pouring in from the Potager I was thrilled to add a new twist to a family favorite!  
MORE COLOR!
Cause you can never have too much!
We got the jist of this recipe from an avid gardener and cook around the corner (Mr. Mike)… someday I will show you his vegetable garden… w-o-w!  He gave us a jar of his Jardinera a few years back and we (Aidan, Joel and I) wolfed if down in about 3 minutes and we all knew it was something we could not live without.
Here’s Mike’s recipe -with “my” color!
Carrots
Jalepenoes (I don’t wash my seeds away as we like ours very spicy!)
Garlic
Olives
Celery
Cauliflower
Water
White Vinegar
Salt
Soy Bean Oil or Canola
Chop and put in a large bowl covered with 50% water, 50% vinegar and 2-3 tablespoons of salt for one week.  For the “confetti” effect I left some of my peppers on the vine long enough to turn red and used purple and green Cauliflower in addition to traditional white… I could not get my hands on orange in time to do this post.  I plant rainbow carrots every year and had planned to use them too but they were a bust this year… dommage.
Stir every couple days.
At the end of the week, fill jars, and add dried oregano and oil.  
Refrigerate.
Since we love ours on pizza I use my Cuisinart and finely chop some to spread!
Here is last years batch…  but this years is twice as big and still pickling in the fridge…
 Jardinera is awesome with beef, pizza and with a FORK when you have the taste for some, crunch and spice come January!  We are TOTALLY addicted and VERY excited about our colorful brew!
This recipe beats, HANDS DOWN that horrible, soggy, mush you buy at the store, the only drawback to some may be the fridge storage for a very large batch… we devote the entire bottom shelf!  But around here Sundays isn’t Pot Roast day – it’s homemade pizza day and we like ours with homemade applesause and homemade Jardinera!  (Yes, applesauce, don’t knock til you try it!)  If winter has a handful of joys Jardinera on pizza during a Sunday snowshower is one of them.
If you like this, I’ve got a killer (and my very own) Tapanade recipe I have been itching to share with you!  Coming soon…
OH, I almost forgot.  I meant to report this to you on Friday.  It’s been three weeks since the announcement of the “Final Fifteen”  – I have lost 6 and have 9 more to go.  I’ve been pulling things out of my closet all week that I haven’t worn since before Hoolie.  It’s been very fun.   But truth be told, I ate like a piggy this weekend and will have to find my mojo again tomorrow morning.  I can’t believe when this is accomplished I will have lost over 55 pounds………… again.  Ahh, the joys of pregnancy and motherhood.  I’ll probably loose it all just to find I am expecting again – now THAT would be a riot!


It’s a busy week around here…  very special field trip coming up!  Can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Bonne Semaine!