Spring and its beautiful colours blow my mind every year. Last week I travelled to Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, where big decisions for the country are made in the Parliament house. Ottawa hosts the Canadian Tulip festival from May 9th to May 19th. This is to commemorate the friendship with Netherlands after Princess Juliana gifted 100,000 tulips to Ottawa for the protection given to the Royals during world war II and the role of Canadian troops in their country’s liberation.
I went to Dow’s lake where about 300,000 flowers are to bloom. This year Spring arrived late and some Tulips were still in buds. There are 6 other locations but I took a bus from the hotel and got lost and travelled up and down most of the time. When I reached Commissoner’s park by Dow’s lake it was around mid day and spent my time there.
I tasted a variety of food while I visited all these places. The most memorable one was a roasted vegetable sandwich and salad for dinner. They had pickled beets in arugula salad and I liked the pickled beets. As I have salads included in my lunch these days I thought beets and carrots would be a great addition. Pickling them would make my everyday work lighter as I cook them a little to soften.
Beetroot/Carrot pickle is a simple recipe but it is handy when making a quick salad.
- 2 large beets/carrots
- 2 tbsp salt
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar
- few cloves
- Cut beets into long pieces.
- Cook them until soft. (I microwaved for 2 minutes on high, beets and carrots in separate glass bowls).
- Boil water, add salt and sugar.
- Clean mason jars and lid, dip them in hot boiling water.
- Fill the jar with beet root pieces.
- Add vinegar and cloves.
- Pour hot water with salt and sugar into the jar.
- Close with the lid and allow it to cool on the table.
- This can be kept aside for a day on the table and can be used the next day.
- If it is to be stored for a long time, immerse jars in boiling water to sterilize.
- Follow the same procedure for carrots.
Throw a few of these vegetable pieces in any salad to make it colourful and extra nutritious. Once opened, the jars can be stored in refrigerator for future use. After 4 days I opened the jars and the veggies were ready for my salad.