1 piece of Feta (200g) – you could use any other white cheese or cottage cheese
1-2 cloves of garlic
10-15 Manzanilla olives or other green olives, as you like it
1 twig of rosemary
Cut the cucumber, and the olives, I did crumble the Feta with a fork, cut or squeeze the garlic, take the rosemary of the twig – I usually crush a little by hand. Then put the whole mix into a high bowl, take your hand blender and produce a nice smooth texture. We also tried this spread with Quark (or Austrian Topfen) instead of Feta, works fine as well. You can make this recipe without garlic, if you have meetings the very day.
Vegetable in unrecognizable consistency can be served in different forms: if you look closely at the last picture you see another sauce besides the cucumber sauce which we serve with frittata: it is home made vegetable chutney.
If you happen to have a juice extractor, you will get lots of vegetables and fruit leftovers. With the vegetable leftovers you can make vegetable soup, with the fruit leftovers you can make fruit pies. And if your family loves veggie-fruit juices mixed, you can use these mixed veggie-fruity leftovers to stir a delicious chutney. These vegetable-fruit Chutneys are really quick to make and you can use the spicy sauce for grilled meat, meatballs, Tortilla and omelettes. You can use Chutneys as well as spreads for jacket potatoes or use them as a dip for vegetables or chips.
The red chutney you see on the picture was made of beetroot, celery, radish, apple and cucumber. Yes, this mix was a mix for delicious juices – add some lime to the juice for extra zest. We took the veggie-fruit leftovers, added a little water, some preserving sugar or jam sugar (the less sweet the better, we use a 3:1 sugar which means it needs 1 part sugar for 3 parts fruits or veggies) boil and stir for a few minutes. To make it nice and spicy we added 1 tablespoon of vinegar (be careful to not use too much), fresh chilli peppers, ginger, salt and Garam Masala. We used the hand blender to create a even texture and filled it up into jam jars.
This quick chutney is a great host or hostess gift – use a nice jam jar, decorate the jam jar, maybe add a nice tag and we like to use a matching cookie cutter – this is how you will get an individual little gift. We choose the cutter according to the theme of the meeting or invitation, or we match it to special hobbies of our host or hostess, sometimes we just keep it seasonal. We will provide decoration tips for culinary gifts in jam jars soon in one of our next articles.
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