14 September 2010
Green Walnut Confusion
Except I didn't buy pickled green walnuts! No, I bought green walnut preserves. While green walnuts are pickled in malt vinegar infused with lots of spices, these preserved green walnuts are cooked with sugar, vanilla sugar, citric acid, and vitamin C. Also, while pickled green walnuts are generally served with game meats or a strong cheese like Stilton, preserved green walnuts are used in cookies, cakes, and sauces.
Somehow, I do not think I can use green walnut preserves in Saveur's "Braised Beef Brisket with Pickled Walnuts" or Delia's "Venison Braised in Guinness and Port with Pickled Walnuts." However, I think I can still get away with serving them next to baked pears stuffed with blue cheese ...