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A Cozy Sunday and Chipotle Pepper Vinegar

It’s a beautifully dark and cozy Sunday, my favorite sort of day for pottering in the garden, baking bread, and snuggling under a blanket with a British murder mystery.

We’ve had such beautiful rain this week, and our farm yard has transformed from dry, crispy, and brown, to soft and supple with a luscious green shimmer as new grass shoots up everywhere.

When I knew rain was coming, I set out buckets and tubs to capture as much as I could. This morning I ladled it out into my watering can and gave more precious rainwater to my cucumbers and lettuces, then planted rosellas and capsicums and gave the last of the rainwater to them.

Once everything was planted I dug up the last of my new potatoes, they smell so good, and brought the chipotle and poblano peppers I’ve been drying upstairs.

I’d never grown chipotles until this year, and am delighted by their shape, like tiny old-fashioned Christmas lights. I smoked a few over winter and added them to chili, but these ones I’m using both for seeds and to flavor vinegar.

I like how flavored vinegar and oil add greater depth of taste and fragrance to salad dressings, sauces, and especially slow-cooked meat to make it extra tender. You can even use the flavored vinegar to make quick pickles like these pickled beets or these plump pickled cherries.

And, frankly, I like them because they’re beautiful. It gives me a happy little thrill to see glistening glass bottles of deliciousness lined up on my pantry shelves, filled with fresh herbs, colorful peppers, and whole spices.

While I gardened, I put bread dough on to rise. Cozy Sunday afternoons are made even better with fresh bread rolls slathered with butter and our very own honey. Add a cup of hot pineapple sage tea and a good book, and I’m a thoroughly contented soul.

I’m thankful for this beautiful weekend, for visits with dear friends, reading by lamplight, and good food to nourish our bodies for a busy week ahead.

What do you like to do over the weekend that restores you for a new week? xo

Chipotle Pepper Vinegar

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh or dried chipotle peppers

2 cups vinegar

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a sterlized glass bottle, seal, and set in a dark, cool place for 1-2 weeks until it reaches the flavor you like. Strain and use.

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Tandy | Lavender and Lime - You are blessed to have had rain! This reminds me I need to refresh our chilli oil.

Cris - Beautiful post and photos. It is raining in Qld as well. It feels like Autumn although it is Spring. The rain is really good, the grass is greener and the plants in the garden are more beautiful. I love spending time writing and enjoying my children’s company. Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing. xoxo Cris
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Emma - They really are like Christmas lights aren’t they? The vinegar sounds delicious too! 🙂 x

Life Images by Jill - Isn’t it fabulous bottling things from our own garden. I bottled a whole lot of apricots last summer which we are enjoying now. So delicious. Have a lovely week.

Ruth Miranda - I can’t for the life of me find chipotle peppers here in Portugal, but if I did I would do a chipotle olive oil for sure, although this vinegar sounds reaaaaaally good!!

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Tuula - Yum, yum, yum! Sounds fantastic Krista, and your photos are beyond amazing, you have an incredible eye for detail! Just beautiful!

Cathy - Krista, sounds like you’ve had a lovely Sunday :). Reading restores me, and I’m not short of material to enjoy! Have a great week xx

budget jan - Hi Krista. Everything is made better by rain – especially after an extended dry spell. Our grass was dead and now it’s lush green. It’s a miracle.

I love your photos of the chillis and like to think of them as Christmas Decorations.

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