sunday freshness: crispy waffles + lemonade + refrigerator pickles + tomato sandwich with lemony-feta spread

After we finished dinner this evening, Cornelius turned to me and said, “We ate really well this weekend”. So true. Everything we ate was fresh and didn’t require extensive cooking or baking or heating. Our morning started off right with light and crispy waffles topped with fresh and juicy peaches. Since we had a relatively late breakfast, lunch wasn’t necessary. Dinner was tomato and red onion and feta sandwiches (because everybody likes sandwiches, right?!) served with fresh refrigerator pickles and accompanied by some icy cold homemade lemonade. As for dessert, the previous night we worked up a sweat the old fashioned way as we whipped up a batch of homemade coffee ice cream with a touch of cinnamon, some roasted pecans and some dark chocolate shavings. Oh my!

I’m not sure if I’ll post the ice cream recipe because I found it was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but the rest of my Sunday cooking adventure can be found below. Enjoy.

I spotted these refreshing pickles over at Kitchen Parade and decided that I’d start making some right away. It seemed like the most perfect summertime snack. Tangy and sweet and crispy fresh. I made these in the morning and ate almost a whole jar by the afternoon! What can I say, I love pickles! I made one batch according to Alanna’s recipe (subbing the mustard & celery seeds and tumeric with dill, garlic and hot peppers since its’ what I had on hand), but then decided to make a second version with different vegetables and different spices altogether. Both versions tasted great and I’ll post my version here.

I like my sandwiches with a bit of a bite. If you want a fresher taste, then you can skip marinating the tomatoes and onion in the vinegar and just add them fresh to the sandwich.

Please note Cornelius’ lovely handmodeling duties!

20 comments to “sunday freshness: crispy waffles + lemonade + refrigerator pickles + tomato sandwich with lemony-feta spread”

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    jana   July 23, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    Gah! You’ve outdone yourself with fantastic photos! I need to eat veggies NOW… 🙂

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    Alanna   July 24, 2006 at 6:22 am

    I agree, great photos! And the jars of colorful vegetables are so pretty, if they didn’t taste so good you might have trouble eating them!! Love the combinations you put together!!

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    Jenny Raye   July 24, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    I just came across your blog after someone somewhere linked to a pasta salad recipe of yours. I’ve cruised through your home a bit and see that you just got back from a cycling vacation. How cool!!! I would love to take a bike tour one day, but I have to settle for my daily rides for now.

    For lunch I just made your feta cheese spread sandwich. I had some huge well-ripened tomatoes from my cousin’s garden and a ripe avocado in the fridge. After whipping it together and eating it on my homemade whole wheat bread (made with grain I ground in my new mill) I was in heaven! So yummy!!! I’ve added you to my bloglines subs. Thanks so much for the great recipe–leftovers for tomorrow ;o)

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    kickpleat   July 24, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    thanks jana, i’m thinking i need a bit of protein since i’ve had a bit of of veggie overload lately 😉

    thanks ak! i also loved how the photos turned out. thanks for the inspiration!

    thanks so much for the nice words, jennyraye! daily bike rides are the best! and i’m envious of your knitting skillz.

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    Molly   July 24, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    Kickpleat, it looks as though pickles are in the air! Brandon has made a couple of batches in the past week or so, and we’ve been dipping into the jars almost every night – yum, yum, yum! I’m just about to put up a post about them, actually. They’re a little more labor-intensive than yours, unfortunately, but the effort spent is well worth it, should you run low on your current supply…


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    Sara   July 24, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    i love this time of year. that sandwich looks yummy.

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    shayna   July 25, 2006 at 10:07 am

    i found your blog through some random mess of links, read the fridge pickle entry, drooled, went home and raided my veggie drawer and ate an entire jar for dinner…good thing i made 2 jars!

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    jenn   July 25, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    I too have lurked on your blog for awhile. Came across it from another link and I love your writting, style and food oh yes and photos 🙂
    keep it up!

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    Rorie   July 26, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    That sandwich looks fiercely good – I geuess everybody really does like sandwiches! Yum on the waffles too. Well done!

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    tania   July 27, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    oh the yumminess!
    i hope you are surviving the heat I have been hearing about over there! madness.

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    lobstersquad   July 28, 2006 at 4:13 am

    I love a sharp hit of vinegar. will definiteley try, thanks. love your blog

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    Ellie   July 28, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome~ I’m particularly loving those refrigerator pickles (as well as the cute jars that you’ve stored them in!)

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    Anna Laura   July 29, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    I just discovered craft blogs and got excited, now I have been meaning to search food blogs. I am excited, yours is lovely and I look forward to reading it!

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    Cyndi   July 29, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve had weekends like that – where everything was wonderful and fresh. Everything looked perfect for eating in this hot weather. I think I”ll borrow your waffle recipe!

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    kickpleat   July 30, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Molly, your pickles look so lovely! I’m jealous as always.

    Thank you Sara! Summers are the best 🙂

    S, I’m so very impressed I was able to inspire you to make and inhale 2 jars of pickles! You are my hero!

    Thanks so much Jenn for your kind words! It’s always nice to know that other people actually like what I do besides me 😉

    Rorie, I think it’s true about sandwiches! Yum!!

    Tania, it’s finally been cooling down…so I think an oven can now be used for more than a torture device! Hooray!!

    Lobstersquad, nice to see another vinegar lover in the house! Thanks for stopping by!

    Ellie, the pickles were lovely (notice that I’m using the past tense?). I think it’s time to make some more & put those cute jars to good use!!

    Thank you AnnaLaura for stopping by! Craft & food blogs can be such inspiration!

    Cyndi, by all means, borrow away!

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    Judy   August 9, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Hello I have a question. I’d love to try your waffle recipe but I’ve never heard of vanilla sugar and don’t have a cluw how much a packet is??? Do you have a rough substitution for this or how much sugar is in one packet? We use Sugar in the Raw which is muc richer and a deeper flavor so I thought I’d try that, but don’t know the amount!

    Thanks! Love the blog!

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    kickpleat   August 11, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    Judy, vanilla sugar can be found in little packets in most Canadian grocery stores. This is what I use:;=page_36
    If you can’t find that, you can make your own vanilla sugar by placing a vanilla bean (or the hollowed out husk) into your sugar bowl. Or if you don’t want to do that, just use 1 Tablespoon of regular sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

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    Fiber   August 13, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    I’m completely into your pickles. I love the combinations, and it looks tasty!
    Must. Try.

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    Anonymous   May 22, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    this could use a “quick pickles” tag.. took me a while to find it!

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