ffwD: Crunchy Ginger-Pickled Cucumbers

I made this “condiment” at the last second because I don’t really care for pickled foods. That being said, I could only muster using one cucumber instead of two, and I feel cheated somewhat that I wasted the one cucumber making this week’s assignment. I tasted the final product and didn’t care for it much. But, I decided to make the best of it, chopped the chunks into smaller bits, and used it as a relish on hamburgers per Dorie’s suggestion. As you can see, I didn’t bother with the herbs or the red pepper flakes and opted instead to use a sprinkling of ground cayenne pepper. This recipe will be going in the “do not make again” pile. Oh, well. Onto next week’s assignment!

To see how other bloggers liked these crunchy ginger-pickled cucumbers, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TrafficDiva
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 06:47:20

    =( Awww. Well…your pic looks great (as always!) And you know what?! I’ve had dates that I had to put in the “Do not make(out) again” pile too..Hahaha! Have a great weekend YC!!

  2. Cher
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 07:22:24

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you. I placed the sardines and anything beet in that pile πŸ™‚
    I used some dried (sugared) ginger leftover from another project that I ground up with a mortar & pestle. I wasn’t sure I would like the strength of the fresh ginger…

  3. Roger Stowell
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 07:23:11

    That looks frightening. Why do you make things that you don’t like? Cooking has to be a pleasure filled with anticipation of the finished dish or it just becomes a chore:)

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 07:53:44

    You made me laugh… pickles are a love/hate thing. They look good anyway!

  5. forgottenbeast
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:22:19

    Hmm, I do love pickles, so these might be more my style. I really think I’d eat most anything as long as there’s ginger in it!

  6. Alice
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:23:20

    I wasn’t thrilled about this one either, I’m waiting to make it as a make-up recipe next week when my friend gets here that is very intrigued by this particular recipe! πŸ™‚ Good effort though!

  7. Ei
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:32:29

    I suspect this one will go in my “enh” pile. I got my week’s confused, so I’ll make this one next week, while everyone else is eating lovely roulade. At least it wasn’t an expensive or time-consuming recipe for you to hate.

  8. Louise
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:46:10

    I’m with Roger on this one. Although I appreciate you sticking with the commitment I often wonder why you prepare dishes you already know you won’t enjoy?

    As for those pickles Yummy. Not to worry, I do believe July is National Pickle Month, lol…

    Thanks for sharing…

  9. Just A Smidgen
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:55:45

    Perhaps next time you’ll find a little friend who adores pickles and you could gift them on:) Like me, lol!!

  10. saffronandhoney
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:47:29

    Sorry you didn’t like this one! I tend to like all and any kind of pickles πŸ™‚

  11. Reem | Simply Reem
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 10:12:17

    Sorry this did’nt like these.. I too sometime try recipes and then tell myself to never try again!!
    But yayy to you trying it…

  12. Amanda
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 11:25:08

    You really are a great a sport! You always make it anyway, even when you know you won’t like it!

  13. thekalechronicles
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 12:00:21

    Ginger-pickled cucumbers sound good to me (cucumbers are just in), but we all have different tastes.

  14. Katerina
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 12:56:40

    Sorry it didn’t work this recipe for you. These things happen. That’s ok cooking is always an adventure with unknown outcomes.

  15. Choc Chip Uru
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 13:34:06

    This looks super tasty my friend πŸ˜€
    Love it!


    • Choc Chip Uru
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 13:35:42

      Sorry sorry I had paste on for ‘cheers, ccu’ and it pasted a whole message of aomeone’s on top of yours!
      My message:

      This looks super tasty so I can’t believe it didn’t work out my friend!


  16. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 13:52:46

    i got your email sub post yesterday as I was chomping down on some homemade pickles from my grandmother. I love pickled cucumbers- pickles, you name it and your version with the ginger sounds amazing

  17. Liz
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 14:11:48

    I have the do not make again pile, too. You are definitely a good sport!

  18. Promenade Claire
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 15:37:07

    Oh well you live and learn ! It sounded good to me though πŸ™‚

  19. rebeccasubbiahrebecca
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 16:09:14

    its great you make the recipes anyways and keep trying new foods

  20. Amanda Chic
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 16:44:03

    πŸ˜€ i love this recipes!

  21. Zen and Genki
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 16:48:22

    That sounds really unique (and incorporates a lot of flavours that I enjoy a lot!) May have to give this one a try πŸ™‚

  22. oneexpatslife
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 17:32:13

    Well, at least it was an easy one. I always get really irritated when I spend a lot of time and effort on one which doesn’t work out.

  23. cookingsgood
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 17:48:27

    I thought that they were very tasty. But if you don’t like cucumbers what can you do. Don’t give me anything with peas, LOL.

  24. Betty
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 17:56:48

    I love pickled cucumbers, but I’ve not tried ginger in them. Since it sounds easy, I may just try them. πŸ™‚

  25. Inger Wilkerson
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 18:29:14

    I always wanted to do a “worst of 201X” post. When I think of all the things I’ve tried that haven’t worked…

  26. Ronda
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 20:01:40


  27. Three Well Beings
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 00:26:30

    They actually sounded pretty good! If you really don’t like “pickled” then it makes sense this might not be up to your standards! I’m tempted to try them just for my own experiment! Thanks for a very honest post! Debra

  28. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 06:16:16

    You crack me up when you make something you didn’t enjoy. I look forward to the next assignment. I’m not a big pickle person either. πŸ™‚

  29. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 06:52:05

    interesting combo- I’ve never seen anything like this before!

  30. sanya
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 07:18:09

    I just couldn’t muster up the enthusiasm for this week’s recipe but I’m totally impressed by everyone who did! Looking forward to next week tho!

  31. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 08:18:41

    I thought is was just ok too.

  32. atasteofmadess
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:57:10

    Oh no! I have a “do not make again” pile as well. It looks alright, I’m not a huge fan of pickled food either. Well, at least you tried it πŸ™‚

  33. Maria
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 11:47:53

    I will try them next week! This week I was on vacation hi hi πŸ˜‰

  34. bakeawaywithme.com
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 13:08:49

    Sorry, this was not good for you…I love cucumbers and actually loved the taste of the dressing. But, we all have our individual likes and dislikes!! On to next week!!

  35. vianney
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 13:59:55

    So sorry, I have a ton in that pile… sometimes they just don’t work!!

  36. Balvinder
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 17:40:37

    Cayenne pepper looks good on your crunchy pickled cucumbers.

  37. Cakelaw
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 18:17:19

    LOL! Yeah, this is pretty much “do not make again” for me too. Good on you for making it anyway. Have a great weekend.

  38. kitchen flavours
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 18:56:33

    I love pickles! It is a great idea to turn this into a relish! At least you have given it a try!

  39. hotlyspiced
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 22:34:45

    I love pickles. What a shame you don’t care for them. I think pickles and burgers go together so well. Good on you for trying something you don’t like xx

  40. ohfishiee
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 08:58:05

    a great combination there πŸ™‚ can’t wait to try it out myself

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  41. Jasline
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 10:18:57

    I’ve never made pickles before and I’m not a huge fan of cucumber… but yours do look appetizing enough for me to try it out! Pity that it’s not your favourite, hope to see your favourite in your next post! πŸ™‚

  42. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 11:28:55

    Oh..sorry you weren’t happy with the outcome. Are you able to miss a challenge? It’s a shame you spent time, money and effort on something that you weren’t enthusiastic about making in the first place. Hopefully you will enjoy the next challenge more!

  43. nana
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 12:22:37

    So sorry that your did not care for this recipe, but at least you gave it a try. I am
    not into cucumbers but hubby loves them so I went ahead. I don’t know about
    next week’s recipe, it looks pretty scary to me, but I will give it my best shot.
    Have a happy weekend.

  44. Ameena
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 15:40:35

    I actually love pickled anything…except herring which scares me a bit.

    Sorry this didn’t turn out! You get some serious points for even attempting this though.

  45. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 15:41:54

    Hmmm???? I love pickles, but this looks questionable. LOL. You are so funny

  46. Beth
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 05:26:18

    I must admit that I’m not a big fan of pickled foods either. I know some people tried this recipe and loved it – but I think I would have been in your corner.

  47. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 08:33:07

    Too bad this one didn’t work out too well, but the photo still looks yummy. πŸ˜› There’s been plenty of ‘do not make again’ recipes but most of them were just me being a bad cook I think. πŸ˜›

  48. Audrey Allure
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 09:20:34

    Well I guess the relish was a good alternative!

  49. greyhousejournal
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 14:06:10

    I love homemade pickles but that doesn’t look all that tempting. Hey, at least you gave it a whirl! Good for you!

  50. mireia
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 16:54:03

    I’ve seen this post in other blogs and still not sure I would really like it but it sounds interesting enough to at least give it a try!!!

  51. Kelly @ My love affair with running
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 01:00:48

    Such great recipes! Glad I stumbled onto your blog πŸ™‚

  52. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 02:32:12

    At least you gave it a try and tasted it. Not everything is perfect or delicious. πŸ™‚ Let’s see what’s next! πŸ˜‰

  53. Parsley Sage
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 10:02:54

    Eh. I’m thinking it wouldn’t be something I’d love much either

  54. Norma Chang
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 14:30:32

    You gave it a try and are honest with your opinion, good for you.

  55. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 01:46:54

    Sorry you didn’t like it and glad you posted your honest feedback!

  56. Chica Andaluza
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 04:13:36

    Shame about the result but good for you for posting!

  57. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 20:52:38

    I like certain pickled food, but not all for sure:-) The cucumbers sound delicious, and a perfect condiment for sure:-) Hugs,Terra

  58. jora
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 13:15:49

    sorry you didn’t like this one 😦 i’m impressed that you made it even knowing that you weren’t going to like it…

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