I love the lead up to Christmas. It’s always so manic and busy but I love it all the same. This week, to add to all the Christmas fanfare, we were invited to our very first Pickle Club. We had heard about this famous gathering of pickles before we moved up to Melbourne and were both looking forward to our first event.
So here’s the deal. You make 6 jars of delicious homemade pickles (or chutney, relish, jams, cordials, pesto…. anything that keeps) and then swap them for 6 other amazing jars of varied goodness. Pretty simple!
There were so many mouth watering flavours to choose from. It was so hard to choose only 6! After much deliberation we chose: Coriander, Kaffir Lime & Chili Pesto, Lemon Curd, Pickled Shallots, Apricot & Honey Jam, Mango & Strawberry Cordial & Roasted Tomato and Chilli Relish. Yuuu-um!
There was even a mini pop-up shop at Pickle Club! Our creative friend Milly isn’t only the best cook this side of Melbourne but she’s a ‘crafty’ little devil too! She has made a range of beautiful little Christmas decorations available in all sorts of shapes and sizes. She’s currently selling them for $6 each (bar-gain!) so get your mitts on some (message me and I can give you the details). I’ve also been advised there may be discounts if buying in bulk. (Photos below)
I’m also extremely excited to be heading home to Hobart for Christmas! Yiippppeeee! Christmas drinks on Salamanca Lawns (a yearly tradition), The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Taste of Tasmania (mmmm… yummy food and heavenly wine), a trip out to MONA museum and MONA FOMA festival! It’s without a doubt the best time of year in Tasmania. Anyway, I look forward to a nice relaxing break which (might or might not) mean a week or two break from the blog… but I PROMISE I will be back.
To all readers out there I hope you have a very Merry Christmas (or any other holiday you may be celebrating) and a safe and happy New Year! Mwah!
Gift tags and wrapping paper by up and coming designers at The Full Drop Collective.
Contact them here for purchases: - fulldropco(at)gmail.com
(Above) Beautiful Aura Home napery – from the talented Melbourne designer Tracy Ellis.
(Below) Well aren’t these the prettiest pickles and chutneys you’ve ever seen!?! Sweet little
Christmas decorations made with love, by Milly.
Tomato & Apple Chutney
Makes enough for an army!
6-8 peeled Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp Curry powder
a few good splashes of Worcestershire sauce
splash of white vinegar
1/2 cup of sugar
10 sterilized jars
1. Blanch tomatoes by covering them in boiling water for 15 – 30 seconds then drop into ice cold water to stop them from cooking. Wait until they’ve cooled then peel off the skin on all the tomatoes. (You may need some help with this!)
2. Add all ingredients into a large heavy based pot with a cup of water and place on the lowest heat for a few hours until reduced to a nice thick consistency. Remember to stir every 20 minutes to prevent the bottom from burning.
3. To sterilize the jars, heat the oven to 180ºC. Wash all in hot soapy water and rinse well. Place all jars on a oven tray facing up and not touching each other and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes. After this time, take them out of the oven and let cool to the same temperature as the chutney. Never add cold chutney to hot jars or vice versa!