Sometimes the oddest food cravings seem to come out of no where. If those cravings involve a real food item, I generally always give myself the go ahead to consume it. I feel it's my body and minds way of telling me I'm lacking something in my diet. Other times my food cravings are directly related to an idea, an emotion, a smell, a spoken word, or more often - an image. When my jaw dropped/eyes widened while viewing a stunning photo in the latest issue of Saveur magazine at the same time a hankerin' for dried apricots hit, chocolate turtles became my must-have on a rainy afternoon.
For those who don't know, Turtles are a chocolate confection/candy prepared and sold by Nestle. Full of chewy caramel, toasted pecans, and milk chocolate, Turtles get their name from the shape of the candy. The nuts peeking out the sides resemble feet, tail, and head while the rounded chocolate top resembles a turtle shell.
To satisfy my cravings, I decided to skip putting money into Nestle's pockets and prepare my own version of Turtles instead. If you're comfortable preparing a homemade caramel sauce, the flavour combinations you can create are endless and more importantly - delicious.
It's zesty, snappy, spicy, sweet, and sour. It's pickled ginger!
Used as a condiment to Japanese food, pickled ginger is usually served with sushi, sashimi, or bowls of rice. The purpose of the condiment is to cleanse the palate with its acidic and bright taste in between bites.
Did you know you can easily make your own pickled ginger at home - skipping the unnecessary use of aspartame and artificial food dyes that many jars contain? A homemade jar will last months (and if around long enough - years), in the fridge and can be served with more than just raw fish if that's something you don't have a taste for.
Keep reading for the recipe.
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