Living in Istanbul opens a whole new world of spices and foods! But sometimes I miss those staples from back home that are a bit more difficult to come across here. For example we started making our own almond butter these days. Other rarities are Worcestershire sauce, gluten free oats and pretzels, Japanese ramen, and the list goes on!
Today I experimented home-making another one of my favorites: chutney. Perfect with curries or just with a good goats cheese.
– 2 apples
– 1 pear
– 1 red onion
– 1 cup raisins
– 5 dates
– 1/2 cup dried apricots
– 1 lemon
– a thumb sized piece of ginger
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1 1/2 cups apple vinegar
1. Peel the apples and pear and chop into cubes. Chop the onion.
2. Remove the stones from the dates and cut into half
3. Cut the dried apricots into half.
4. Put all fruit, fresh and dried, into a large pan.
5. Add the vinegar, squeeze 1 lemon and pour the juice over the fruit mix, grate the ginger over and add the sugar.
6. At low heat, warm up until the sugar dissolves. Then turn up the heat, and once it’s boiling, simmer with the lid closed for another 15 minutes until the fruits are mushy.
7. Pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge.
I’ve eaten this with savory waffles and goats cheese! You can use the basic recipe for savory waffles here and make it your own!