On the topic of making stuff that you could buy way cheaper, but making it yours, I present my first try on sambal oelek:
and simmer with rice vinegar, salt, sugar and a dash of lime:
And good lord, it is hot. Still balanced, though.
Part of it went into a sterilised jar, part of it went off to season today's new batch of kimchi.
In other news from the pickling front - the garlic pickled in vinegar and riesling is good to go now - nice nutty flavour with the fruitiness of the wine and the zing from the vinegar.
Seriously, if the autumn depression is getting you, go pickle something. It's what the season is made for :D