BONUS POST: Craft Fair Announce

Knit One One in Berkeley, CA is hosting a Mother’s Day Sale on Saturday, May 7th, 2011.

I will be peddling my hand-spun yarns as well as hand dyed commercial yarns and small felted items along with the other girls of WildWoodYarn. 17 other fantastic local artists will also be selling everything from ceramics to soaps. Take a peek at their wares at the Knit One One blog.

See you there!

Sweet Pickled Pearl Onions

A few weeks ago I learned to pickle quail eggs from Kitty Sharkey of Havenscourt Homestead. They turned out so well that I thought I might just try to put together something of my own.

I developed a delicious recipe for sweet pickled pearl onions which go well in salad or as a zesty side to sandwiches, burgers and barbecue. Best of all, they are super easy to make and I’ll tell you how!

Peel and trim 2-3 cups of red pearl onions. White pearl onions will work too but won’t be quite as sweet. Though I haven’t tried it, you could also coarsely chop 2 large onions. In a bowl, cover the peeled onions with boiling water and let them sit  for 5 minutes. Drain them and fill the onions into a jar or two.

In a non-reactive saucepan combine the following ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher or pickling salt
  • 1 cracked bay leaf
  • 2-3 large cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp. cracked pepper corns
  • 1/2 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Pour the brine over your filled jar(s) of onions without filtering out any of the spices and allow them to soak up flavor for at least 5 days before serving. They will keep in the refrigerator for at least 1 month.

If you would like to keep these for longer follow proper canning process as recommended by a reputable agency(USDA, FDA, National Center for Home Food Preservation, etc.) once you’ve filled the jars. If they are canned, they ought to keep for months and months.

Now, I’m going to go enjoy some of those onions!

*This entry also cross-posted to

Welcome to Peculiar Purls!

My name is Freya. I grew up in Berkeley and after a few years away have found myself back in the bay area wondering what to do with myself. I’m an avid crafter, uncouth raconteur, scifi consumer and aspiring homesteader. I am also Pagan and polyamorous. I’ve blogged with the other gals of WildWoodYarn for a few years and have decided I want to do my own blog that can branch out a bit from the twisted world of yarn into other crafts, cooking, homesteading and more.

Here’s what you’ll be able to expect from posts on this blog:

  • updates on what projects I’m working on
  • free recipes for anything from pickled veg to full meals
  • free knitting patterns
  • raves about something neat
  • creative ideas for craft projects
  • musings on religion, culture, politics
  • … and  much more

Look for updates on alternating Mondays and sometimes in between!