Jackie’s Spicy Pickled Cucumbers: Who Wants A Nibble?


Every now and then we all need a break: from work, from friends, from life. When those moments occur I like to take a step back, take stock and figure out what’s really important to me and every time, without fail, my health and happiness come first.

I kept saying that 2012 was going to be my year and despite a bit of a rocky start, the past two weeks have me thinking that maybe my bold statement will hold true, maybe this is the year that the pieces will start to come together. Health and happiness are both ticking along nicely and with those things under my belt I feel like I can tackle the world – I’m even beginning to ease myself back into work very slowly and have plans for a mini get-away later this month to Morocco (very exciting, I’ve never ventured into that part of the world before).

So if you find yourself backed into a corner maybe you should do what I do and figure out what’s really important to you… then you should make my spicy pickled cucumbers and treat yourself because they’re freaking delicious.


2 English cucumbers, sliced thinly
115 ml rice wine vinegar
60 ml mirin
2-3 tbsps sugar (or to taste)
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1-2 dried Thai bird’s eye chillies, de-seeded and crushed/chopped finely
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, making sure the cucumbers are well coated, and let marinade at room temperature for 1 – 1 1/2 hrs. The cucumbers will release a lot of water over this time so don’t worry if the marinade doesn’t completely cover them.
2. Taste, re-season to taste then transfer all of the contents to a large kilner jar, or other airtight container, and refrigerate. Enjoy as a snack or accompaniment to a meal (I recommend it with Hainanese Chicken Rice (blog post to come)). Should keep for a couple of weeks refrigerated.

Until next time, peace and love,

Jax x

4 Responses to “Jackie’s Spicy Pickled Cucumbers: Who Wants A Nibble?”

  1. Kavey Says:

    I think too many people strive so hard for happiness that they don’t actually notice all the things they have to be happy about right there and then.

    Health and happiness are key, and I wish you the best with holding on to both, with all your might.

  2. Ken?hungry rabbit Says:

    So happy that you are back on track. I know great things are coming your way, so enjoy your vacation in Morocco and soak up every moment with gratitude.

  3. Ashley Says:

    Ooooo…thanks! What’s mirin?

  4. Paula Says:

    Sounds as if you are turning a corner and heading toward much better days. I’m delighted for you. Enjoy your trip to Morocco (WOW!). Maybe you should tuck of jar of these cucumbers into your suitcase…you know, just in case you get homesick :)

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