Sometimes a normal person has cravings for sweet, sour or salty, and many other things. Don't get me wrong, but I think it's very healthy to follow your cravings, otherwise you will get depressed and plain unhappy, and there is nothing good about it. Am I not right?
Quick pickled cucumbers are one of my summer cravings. The smell of freshly pickled cucumbers reminds me of a Siberian village, with roosters diligently crowing at dawn, with cows mooing on their way to pasture, with kind babushkas and their endless hooked rugs. They also remind me how my mama and I used to go to bazaar where friendly countrymen offered us a free cucumber to try.
Pickled cucumbers and other vegetables are traditional Russian preparations. Almost every Russian house wife can make winter preserves with tomatoes and cucumbers. However winter preserves are rather time consuming and sometimes very complicated. Today's recipe is for super-fast semi-salted cucumbers. They are very simple to do and make a fabulous addition to many dishes.