Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lavender Chutney - 12 Days of Christmas Special

Mums incredible Christmas Tree
It's the third day of our 12 days of Christmas Special!

Christmas always brings strong memories of my mum and all the preparations and joy she would have getting ready for the big day... she would adorn the house and build the most spectacular tree every year filled with decades of collected ornaments and special ones she made herself...added to this she would cook up a storm (more-so than usual!).

The other trigger for intense memories of my Mum is lavender.  She had an incredible bush in the garden were we grew up and she would always litter the corners of the house with freshly picked lavender which would spread a lovely aroma...I can't help smelling lavender and being transported back into her arms...


Mums lavender bush


This little Lavender Chutney recipe marries the delicious aroma of Lavender and the sweet memories of Christmas...It's an unusual spicy chutney which goes well with cold meats and cheeses.  I'm going to be using it for my tapas style Christmas Eve!








Lavender Chutney


Ingredients

  • 20 lavender flowers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 3 lemons, scrubbed and chopped
  • Salt
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 56 grams sultanas
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch ground allspice
  • Sugar to taste
  • White wine vinegar


Be sure to use lavender blooms which are free from insecticides.  Shake gently to dislodge any insects and wash in cold water.  Dry the flowers straight away so you retain the aroma.

Chop the lemons into small pieces, place in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt

Cover the lemons with white vinegar and cover the bowl. Leave for 24 hours.

Place the mixture in a large pan and add the rest of the ingredients, stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Place pan on heat and bring to the boil.  Reduce the hear and gently simmer until the mixture becomes thick and the vinegar is absorbed.  Remove the cinnamon stick and pour into a warm sterilised jar and seal tightly until you're ready to use!

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Cocinar, comer, y ser feliz.
Leticia

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