Last week on Heaven Housewife’s blog I fell in love with a chicken salad recipe that I had to make. Do recipes ever get stuck in your brain and you can’t move forward with regular life chores until you “make the food”? This should have been a simple recipe to make, except that I couldn’t find what I’ll term as the most important ingredient- CHUTNEY. After visiting three local stores, I determined to substitute a crazy homegrown concoction by mixing peach jam with vinegar (sounds strange, but it actually worked surprisingly well). The following day I made some wonderful homemade chutney so that I wouldn’t be found in this mess again.
HH emailed me a few pointers about chutney that I would love to pass along to my readers.First of all, in her part of the world (United Kingdom) no store would be complete without 5 to 10 brands of chutney (imagine that!). Her favorite brand is Waitrose, for those of us in America, Major Grey’s is the gold standard. The most common use for this fabulous sauce is a great sandwich made from cheddar cheese, chutney with lettuce and tomato. As if this wasn’t enough help, HH sent me to a sight with this fabulous tart. Of course I made it and tweaked it because I can’t ever leave a recipe alone. It is completely delicious, as is the strawberry and blackberry chutney that I made. I made the tart with the basic dough from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day and it worked like a charm.
Chutney is a wonderful addition to anyone’s pantry and I recommend that before this season is over you preserve one of your favorite fruits into your very own chutney. Your friends and family will thank you all year long.
Thank you Heavenly Housewife for the help in understanding chutney a little better, you are the best!
P.S. Becky from Vintage Mixer has also made the chicken salad and has it it up on her blog in a little differnt version, you can never go wrong with anything she makes, check it out for a different twist.