Shopping for food can be incredibly boring, especially if you’re always buying the same things over and over again. I love trying out new things, which is why I was delighted with the “fish in a bag” idea (it tasted wonderful in case you’re wondering). So this weekend I also picked up a couple of jars of chutney made by small Irish producers who I hadn’t tried before.
I grew up eating my mother’s homemade chutney which she used to make from the windfalls. She had this fantastic recipe for “no cook” chutney which she used to make by soaking the ingredients in buckets and basins around the house before bottling. It was delicious!
I’ve developed a taste for slightly spicier food since then and like to have something around to add a little “bite” to cheese or chicken.
SuperValu in Midleton have a pretty good range of Irish produce from smaller producers and exploring their shelves can lead to some fantastic discoveries like the “Spicy Apple Chutney” from Poynton U. who are based in County Cork. It tastes homemade, though it’s a little bit on the pricey side. Having said that, if I’m going to misbehave a little I like to do it in style, so paying a small bit more for something which tastes genuine is worth the investment 🙂
The other brand I picked up was Rocker Foods’ “Sweet Chilli” chutney. It’s got a nice kick to it, without it being too strong. I like spicy, but I also like being able to actually taste my food.