Peter Piper’s Peckish for Pickled Cactus Pate


June 22, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

IMG_3442Hands up, who STILL takes pride in reciting the most famous “tongue-twister” of all time as read in the imaginary author of a collection of fairytales and nursery rhymes Mother Goose?:

 Peter Piper picked a peck of  pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of  pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled  peppers Peter Piper picked?

Princess Svetlana (as mentioned in Food Trip Down Memory Lane) and I used to practice for “hours” to see who could outdo whom.

We were VERY “competitive” in those days! (in a good way! Wink)

Do YOU know WHAT Peter Piper picked?
OKAY, if you are “cheeky“, I will hear you “proudly” say, “A peck.” Very Happy

Do YOU know what a peck is?

If not, (and I didn’t know Embarassed), a peck is a measurement for dried goods; equal to 2 gallons. Wink

JUST the other day, I happened to run into Peter Piper, when he said he was “peckish” and “perhaps” I would “prepare” some of my “Pickled Cactus Pate” for him! ShockedShockedShocked

Cactus fruits, also known as Nopales or cactus pads, are known as “Nature’s Most Perfect Food.”

Did you know a large percentage of minerals, water and sugar is contained in its soft gel-like flesh?

The vegetable is very popular in Mexico and South American countries, as well as the United States and is catching on in Australia; ESPECIALLY after cactus was used on MasterChef Australia Season 4 (a reality television cooking series) with the Mexican-themed invention test.

I must admit, I was “intrigued” and “beyond curious“, so while visiting Chile Mojo (“South Australia’s premiere source for the hard-to-find necessities of great Mexican food“), I saw this pickled cactus and I knew one day, I would have a reason to use. LaughingLaughingLaughing

I LOVE “experiencing” Chile Mojo and have been a loyal customer since 1997, TRUE!

Chile Mojo has Australia’s LARGEST Hot Sauce selection!!

You might remember me mentioning Chile Mojo in my Yelp Adelaide review and or when Joel and Morgen “graciously” provided me with products so I could create Chile Mojo Chocolate Bit of Ole and Cinco de Mayo — Pib Pibil with Anchiote Rice.

Look forward to more recipes to be created soon, thanks to Chile Mojo products! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy
IMG_3231For those of you who are not familiar with the Australian word “peckish,” it means “starving, VERY hungry and or famished too.”

Seeing that Peter Piper was peckish and prompted me for my pickled cactus pate, I thought I would share the recipe with you! Wink


2 strips of Spanish Serrano ham (can substitute bacon or procuitto)
1 red onion, finely diced
1 – 2 cloves garlic
125 grams (4.4 ounces) butter
350 grams (~12.3 ounces) chicken livers, trimmed and halved
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons brandy
1/2 cup tender cactus napolitos;finely diced, drained, washed, patted dry

In a fry pan over high heat, sauté ham, butter and garlic for 4 minutes.

Add and combined chicken livers and pepper; lower heat.

Cover and cook for 6 – 7 minutes; stir halfway through.

Set aside to cool.

Place mixture into a blender; blend until smooth.

Add Greek yogurt and brandy; blend until smooth.

Stir in tender cactus napolitos until combined.

Pour mixture into mould; refrigerate until set.

Hint and Tip
I cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight as I can’t explain it, but it taste “so much” better the next day! Wink
What does it taste like?, I “hear” you say? Wink

Initially, I did not know what to expect, so tasted one straight out of the jar and it has a roasted peppers taste and texture, but then it was “subtly sticky” and my mind click to say “SO, this is pickled cactus.” lol

I CAN say it has a unique taste and thought it was a perfect accompaniment in Peter Piper’s Peckish for Pickled Cactus Pate and he might (again) have to wait for yet another day to satisfy his peckishness, as he “thoroughly” enjoyed this as his afternoon snack.

He never says goodbye, but I always “know” one day again he will be back! Very Happy

— the fruit “as a laxative” helps ease and frequency of bowel movements.
— the gel from cactus is used in some parts of the world as a remedy “for non-insulin dependent diabetics.”
— cactus improves circulation.
— cactus helps wound healing like aloe vera.
— cactus is a good source of calcium.
— cactus extract also contains important cancer-fighting nutrients.
— cactus is good for the immune system
IMG_3441Have I “inspired” YOUR curiosity about cactus and do YOU now want to try it too?

Are you adventurous when it comes to new foods and ingredients?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments too! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

9 thoughts on “Peter Piper’s Peckish for Pickled Cactus Pate

  1. Sugar et al says:

    Never tasted cactus before but from what I read here, it sounds interesting! Plus so many health benefits. Definitely worth a try!

  2. hotlyspiced says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten cactus but I have heard it’s very good for you. What a great recipe! And I can’t believe the range of Mexican sauces xx

  3. you never picked veggies as a kid and were paid by the peck? Maybe Mainahs were more rural. I certainly picked green beans by the peck. I never ate cactus until I moved down south.

  4. crustabakes says:

    I never tasted cactus before! Sounds exciting!

  5. Okay you’re going to laugh but I had pickled cactus today! 😛

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