Chutney On My Mind

Since a friend brought us a basketful of lemons from his orchard recently, I have been on a chutney trail, starting with the lemons, of course.

Many prized bottles of this amber-toned delight have since unleashed its magical potpourri of flavours on the taste buds of chutney lovers, spurring us on to a chutney churning craze.

For the uninitiated, the word Chutney is derived from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, a term for a class of spicy preparations used as an accompaniment for a main dish.

The spices that go into making chutney originate from South Asian cuisine, which give rise to the most fabulous tastes when combined with some mixture of vegetable or fruit.

Chutneys may be either wet or dry, and they can have a coarse to a fine texture. As they come in a range of tastes, depending on where the recipes originated and perhaps evolved, here are some recipes to try. They all look good – and must surely taste magical!

Mango chutney, Apple chutney, Dips and spreads/chutney, Cranberry chutney, and not to be left out – Beetroot and Ginger chutney by Nigella Lawson!

Wishing you many happy hours of ‘chutney on your mind’.


Celebrating Easter

Having observed 40 days of Lent, we are now in the midst of three of the most significant days in the Catholic (Christian) calendar, referred to as the Triduum Sacrum which starts with Holy Thursday going on to Good Friday, until the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening. Through the Triduum, we literally walk and journey with Christ from the celebration of the Last Supper, to the Agony in the Garden, through the Passion and Crucifixion, unto the celebration and joy of the Resurrection.

From a culinary perspective, the hot topic of Easter must surely be the universally known Hot Cross Buns, which, at the mere mention of the name, brings a catchy tune to mind of how this age-old nursery rhyme used to be sung!

We have a slip of a recipe from a cut out in the scrap book from many moons ago, but now with everything online, we thought we would share with like-minded enthusiasts, the search for the perfect home-made hot cross buns!

For something different, try one of Nigella Lawson’s recipes…. here is one of her regulars that caught our eye – the Easter Egg Nest Cake.

 If anyone has a better recipe for the hot cross buns, do feel free to share with all of us. We take this opportunity to wish one and all, a very Happy and Holy Easter.