This is a kimchi inspired by, — once again — by Sandor Katz's Wild Fermentation. This is a cross between baechu (cabbage, as in napa cabbage or Chinese cabbage) and a mixed-vegetable ferment.
Take one small head cabbage, sliced in ribbons, toss it with two thinly sliced carrots, a sliced onion and two of those thin, long eggplants, also sliced. (Radish is nice, I'm out):
Cover with a brine of 4 tbs sea salt to one quart water. Let rest a few hours. (Or overnight):
Make a paste of ginger (a decent knob), maybe 7 cloves garlic, a small onion, two anchovies and 1 ½ tbs Korean hot chili pepper (my past experience shows this to be a must — you can buy it by the pound in a Korean market):
Drain the vegetables. Taste for salt. Usually should be fine. Add the ginger-garlic paste:
Mix very well:
Pack into a crock:
Cover with a saucer or some other non-reactive object of the right diameter:
Place a heavy object (like a Ball jar filled with water) on the saucer, and cover with a cloth to allow air (but not bugs) to circulate:
Taste after a few days. Then each day after. Make sure the saucer is covered in 24 hours by liquid. If not, add brine.
Refrigerate when it's crispy and sour and all stained with chili pepper. This won't take long in the summer. If you have a cool place (or want to bury it in the ground, which I hear is traditional), it can age for months.
I'll post the results. (Nota bene: as this was a small head of cabbage, and I used a lot of garlic and ginger, this'll be more of a condiment than the last kimchi that I made that I devoured simply sautéed with rice.)
(see my first, second and third attempts at kimchi)