Oh the things you will do for your favorite foods.
And guys, in case you have not figured it out, I am SUCH a sucker for pickled/fermented/vinegar-y things. Case and point was my DC trip this weekend. After having eaten 3 cucumbers worth of pickles at brunch, I still somehow found the craving for that delicious fermented goodness. I swear no one is going to be able to realize whether I'm pregnant or not.
And in case you're wondering, I do enjoy my pickles with some ice cream.
My friend and I ended up stumbling upon the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market, more specifically a stall that was selling homemade kimchi. Now, this kimchi, dear friends, was the freshest, most delicious kimchi I have ever had. And, even though I was 4 hours from home and needed refrigeration, I bought the kimchi anyway. Using a system of "going to the nearest Starbucks and grabbing cups of ice," I was able to bring the kimchi home.
And believe you me, it was totally worth it.
Another pickle product I am obsessed with is pickled beets. My mom and I would drive 2 hours away as a kid to the nearest Amish market. We would pick up GALLONS, people, of jarred pickled beets. And these babies are delicious. Like shut me up in a box delicious. And you know, if there was ever an apocalypse, you could count on our family for stockpiling all of the pickled beets you could dream of. We might not give any to you, but that does not mean you can try.
So I think you can trust me when I say that this is RIDICULOUS. If you're wondering where the heck I can find pickled beets, Trader Joe's has some KILLER ones. Don't like beets? Roasted red peppers or artichokes make a great substitute. Put this pickled beet sauce on EVERYTHING. On a cracker. In your next hummus. On your dog. Ok maybe don't do that. But this sauce makes this grain bowl shine. Throw in some roasted Brussels, freekeh, and hummus, and you've got yourself a meal!
Mediterranean Freekeh Bowl with Pickled Beet Sauce
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.