Friday, June 24, 2016

Apple Raisin Chutney, a fermented foods condiment

Now that we are settled (well more settled, there is one room that needs serious attention!) I have been able to do more cooking. One item I have wanted to explore and expand upon is fermented foods for good gut health.


While I had remembered the homemade sauerkraut, pickles and root beer from my childhood, I had no idea about the connection with gut health and fermentation, until now. Fast forward 40 years (whew, that went fast!) and along the way, I too became gut health compromised, not knowing the reason behind it, until now.

We have made sauerkraut and it was the most delicious thing I had eaten in years. I cannot wait to make more. As well as find ways to use the brine in flavoring or marinating other foods. But today I am sharing a delicious chutney. I have had this "pinned" on my Pinterest board for a long time, waiting to get to it and today is the day.

This recipe is intended to be stored in a fido style jar, which I did not have available at this time, they are all full. However a standard jar is fine, simply remember to let any built up gas escape from time to time.

UPDATE:  I was fortunate enough to have some roast Pork for dinner tonight, and got to enjoy this chutney on the side. It is so good! Lightly sweet, a bit of a tang, with a mild crunch from the walnuts. I can usually tell if a recipe is going to be good, but it is always fun to enjoy food prepared that surpasses your original interest.


Apple Raisin Chutney, a fermented foods condiment
adapted from:  Simply Homemaking
3 days standing time, keeps for months refrigerated

3 large apples, do not peel, dice
2 large handfuls walnuts, broken but not chopped
2 handfuls raisins, separate if clumped together as raisins often do

1/3 c whey, I strained plain full fat yogurt to obtain this
1/3 c honey
1 1/2 t sea salt
3/4 t cinnamon


Combine everything in a large bowl, making sure all apple pieces are coated. Using a funnel transfer to a storage jar.

Let stand on your counter 3 days, turning the jar to moisten the apple pieces with the accumulating juices daily.

This photo is at the 24 hour mark. 

After 3 days store in the refrigerator.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pears and Raspberries with Lemon Creme Syrup

These raspberries are from our former garden in Vancouver, the kids were kind enough to pick and bring them on their last visit. Until we get some canes planted, we will have to rely on the generosity of family and friends.


The pears are from our favorite organic co-op and were just right to be put out for our dessert this evening. I know that pears and raspberries go splendid together, I have noticed many recipes for baked desserts pairing raspberries and pears.

After working all day, we really prefer a lighter offering for dessert. This fruit platter was perfect! The lemon creme syrup is a bit more than you need, it works out great that it keeps in your refrigerator waiting for the next fruit platter you might wish to serve. I think the combinations you will enjoy are endless.


Pears and Raspberries with Lemon Creme Syrup
by the seat of my pants

2 pears
1-2 c fresh raspberries
1 lemon
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c yogurt or sour cream (we used yogurt)

Juice your lemon, measure the juice. You will need 1/4 cup. Combine the lemon juice, and sugar, stir well to dissolve the sugar. Whisk in the yogurt.

Cut pear into wedges and arrange on large platter. Scatter the raspberries over the top. Drizzle the syrup over fruit. Offer addition syrup to those wanting more!


Serves 2-4

Enjoy!

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