Spicy Pickled Winter Vegetables
For the vegetables:
In a medium saucepan bring 4 cups water to a boil reduce the heat so the water simmers and add the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the vinegar and salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt dissolves. Remove from the heat.
In clean 1-quart jars with screw top lids, divide the seeds and peppercorns between the jars. Place 5 cloves in each jar and then pack the jars full of carrots, cauliflower and chilies.
Bring the brine back to a boil, pour it over the vegetables to cover completely, let cool, then cover and refrigerate.
The pickles will taste good in just a few hours, better after a couple of days. And they'll keep for about 2 months under refrigeration.