The first time I made Red Snapper Veracruz, I used the last of the pickled jalapeños that Richard had sent over. The Veracruz was so outstandingly good that I wanted to make it again, and so I had to make my own batch of pickled jalapeños. As Richard kindly provides the recipe on his wonderful blog REMCooks.com, it was pretty easy to replicate.
Richard uses the Jalapeños en Escabeche for nachos, but just making them for the Veracruz is worthwile. Most of the work is in cleaning and cutting the jalapeños.
The photos used in this post were the first I made with my new studio lights. (You may have noticed the use of them in some other recent posts as well.) This was a very nice birthday present that I got, and although they can be a bit in the way it does make quite a difference. The light is more ‘natural’ (these are ‘daylight’ lamps) and having more light means lower ISO and higher shutter speeds, or in other words sharper pictures.
With the pictures included in this post I was still getting to learn the new settings for color temperature and exposure to get the best results, and in fact I am still learning. [Someone recently suggested I should do a tutorial on food photography, but I think someone with far better camera skills such as Conor or Stéphane should do that. (Stéphane in fact did post tips for food photography.)]
450 grams (1 lb) jalapeño peppers
225 grams (1/2 lb) spring onions [in the Netherlands spring onions are the same as scallions or green onions, I noticed too late that Richard used the white part only]
340 grams (3/4 lb) carrots
2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and whole
360 ml (1 1/2 cups) white vinegar
120 ml (1/2 cup) cider vinegar
1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp salt
8 bay leaves
3/4 tsp dried oregano
leaves of 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/4 tsp piloncillo [or other sugar]
2 1/2 Tbsp water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin seed
2 whole cloves
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low and cook until the carrots are tender but still firm to the bite. [Do not allow the liquid to reduce by much, as you will need the liquid to cover the jalapeños in the mason jar and as a vital ingredient for the Veracruz.]
A classic dish from Mantova and Cremona in Northern Italy is Tortelli di Zucca: tortelli filled with squash or pumpkin and mostarda (Mostarda di Cremona or Mostarda di Mantova, fruit candied in a mustard-flavored syrup). Tortelli di zucca are also made in other cities of the region, but without adding mostarda.