My garden is moving into high gear after our serious heat and humidity last week. Eggplant, green beans, broccoli, sunflowers, zucchini, crookneck squash, chard and peppers are all producing well. The only thing lagging behind are my tomatoes. Actually, it’s everyone’s tomatoes. We usually have cherry tomatoes by mid-July, and early tomatoes before August. I’ve only had about three cherries. Between to much rain in June and to much heat in July (tomato fruit won’t set on the flower over 85 degrees), it’s very frustrating. I’m suppose to be the tomato queen!
But my cucumbers are going to be prolific. I love to pickle them in all sorts of ways; dills, bread & butter, cornichons, sweet, sour and hot. I make various brines in bulk and put them in the refrigerator. Then I can make very small batches of pickles as the cucumbers are ready. I particularly like to make cornichons with the tiny baby cucumbers. My recipe for French-style cornichons is below.