Only nine sleeps to go, folks – and this weeks link is here!
For those of us who celebrate it, Christmas is really looming now and it’s time to get into top gear and start finalising the eating arrangements. We always tend to have a cold buffet meal – but often with hot, kettle-bbq’ed pork or turkey – just because it is so much easier to get all the food on the table if we don’t have to actually make room for people as well! I have a couple of salad recipes that I like to make on the big day and I’ll share those with you next week. One of them involves spinach or silverbeet, so don’t worry about the continued appearance of spinach in the boxes – we can deal with it!
Now that it looks like the cherries have escaped the worst of the weather I wanted to share a recipe for a cherry preserve that you can knock together fairly quickly and one that means you can make the whole cherry experience last past their very brief season. It is possible to buy a similar product as this in gourmet shops, but it is very pricey. This is not difficult and, I think, is nicer than the bought one. I have really only got very rough estimates of measurements and times for this, but you should get the general idea. I think it might be nice with caramelised onions with it or a clove or two instead of the star anise. It goes brilliantly with most meats, but especially poultry and pork or ham and would make a nice homemade gift.
1 kg pitted cherries
1-2 heaped tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup of GOOD balsamic vinegar (more or less)
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
Bring all ingredients to the boil, turn down heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes until reduced and thickened.
Remove star anise and cinnamon stick, cool and store in sterilised, sealed jars.
Store it in the fridge where it should keep for some weeks.