Fresh Fig Chutney

It’s that time of year when (for those of us in the countryside) our neighbour pops round with a big bowl of fresh figs ! I’m not a fan of fig jam, but thought I’d try chutney this year. I have just made a batch of this recipe and its delish 🙂

Merci David Lebovitz ! I replaced some of the figs with a diced (also freshly picked) apple and added a hot chili from my garden. The recipe should make 2 jam jars, but my batch made 3, so lucky me !

Bon Appetit !

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Gazpacho & toppings

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Peak tomato season is the best time to blitz up some delicious cool gazpacho. This is the type of recipe I think is best made without a recipe 😉

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There are so many methods and recipes out there, I prefer to just start with whizzing up deliciously ripe tomatoes and then go from there, tasting as you go. If you go for 3 parts tomatoes to 1 part other veg you should be happy.

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Here are some things I usually or sometimes add:

  • Peeled cucumber
  • Red or Yellow peppers, cooked or raw
  • Garlic (not too much)
  • Good olive oil (a few good glugs or to taste)
  • Sherry or apple cider vinegar (add slowly to taste)
  • Basil, parsley or coriander
  • Water if needed to achieve the desired thickness
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper . . . THIS is usually where I stop but you could carry on experimenting with the following ingredients:
  • Bread soaked in water (often used in Andalucia, Spain)
  • Melon, peach, watermelon or other summer fruit to add a bit of sweetness (very nice !)
  • Red onion
  • Chili’s
  • Smoked paprika or pimenton

Toppings are the fun but optional:

  • Croutons
  • Cubed cucumber
  • Cubed melon or watermelon
  • Cubed raw peppers
  • Chopped hard boiled egg (a personal fave)
  • More olive oil

To be made ahead and eaten very cold

Bon appetit !