Friday, 26 March 2010

Chris's apple peel chutney

Chris bought a bargain huge bag of applesthe other day to cook down for apple crumble. Left with a mound of apple peelings he decided to make a chutney. He didn't have a recipe and has never made chutney but he just guessed what to put in it. I was convinced it would be horrible.

As he was cooking it, he had a little taste and confirmed that it did indeed taste awful. So we left it bubbling on the hob and went away and had our dinner. When he wet back and tried it again, it had miraculously become delicous! Here is a photo of the finished chutney, about to become a yummy cheezly and alfalfa sandwich.

Chris's Yummy Apple Peel Chutney (makes one large jarful)

peel from 13 eating apples, finely chopped in food processor
2 onions, finely chopped in food processor
1/2 cup malt vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raisins

  • Chuck stuff in
  • Boil for ages
  • Put in jar

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Hungarian hungries

We recently had some friends round for dinner and I fancied making goulash so I decided to go Hungarian with the meal. The star was Jillypoos' Goulash with basil dumplings, which I've blogged about before. It's one of my favourite recipes. To go with it, I made two Hungarian salads which I found on the web: Hungarian Cucumber Salad, Uborka saláta (I used Tofutti brand for the sour cream) and Hungarian Tomato Salad, Paradicsom saláta. Both salads were good and went really well with the goulash. To add some more variety, we widened our theme to Eastern European and bought some jars of pickles from the local Polish shop. Three out of four of us enjoyed those too. Person number four thought they looked evil and wouldn't touch them. You know who you are ;)

I love how the goulash and dumplings looked after half an hour in the oven. Yum yum yum.

For pudding I made this strudel, Almasretes which really wasn't great! It was very dry and fell apart a lot. I think it was my lack of skill rather than the recipe's fault. I didn't bother taking a photo!