From Our Kitchen …

Sarah and I had a relaxing Sunday pottering around in the kitchen.

I made up a batch of Tomato, Garlic, and Chilli Relish which was an easy recipe that I adapted from several others but the flavour packed a punch.

1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 red chilli, finely diced
750g red tomatoes, skinned and chopped
1 green cooking apple (125 g) peeled, cored, and diced
250g brown onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup (125 ml)  red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
salt to taste

Place the whole spices in a piece of muslin and tie into a pouch with twine.
Place all remaining ingredients into a saucepan, bring to boil and then simmer gently for approximately 75 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove muslin bag and pour relish into hot sterilised jars and seal.

Makes enough for 2 x 400 ml jars. I decorated them simply with a cricut tomato (From Our Kitchen Cartridge)  with some Japanese masking tape and bakers twine.

Sarah made up a batch of Graham Crackers using a recipe she found here. Sarah is nostalgic about Graham crackers as they were her favourite childhood snack when we lived in the USA and she has recently been on a quest to find the perfect recipe (they are not readily available in Australia). This is her favourite so far – they really were delicious!

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  1. two hippos says

    the relish sounds great. my husband loves making chutneys and I’m going to have to give him the recipe, looks great in the gingham lidded jars too,

  2. says

    Sounds like a really fun day in the kitchen at your house. All sounds yummy. I have never heard of baking your own graham crackers. I am totally impressed.

  3. says

    Oooohhh, the relish sounds delish and I have a husband & son who would very happily be taste testers for me. Can I just clarify though…. when you say 250 brown onions do you mean 250 of them or 250g of brown onions? Wouldn’t want to make a huge mistake somewhere along the line!!

    I too miss graham crackers (especially for making smores!!) and have been looking for a good recipe… I will have to try the one Sarah used and see how they turn out.

    Thanks, D

  4. says

    I’ve never had actual Graham crackers but I was told they are like the english ‘ digestives’ they do look like them too. Come to think of it, it might have been you that told me this ?

  5. says

    Clearly we need to have a mass e-mail campaign to Nabisco and tell them to market Graham Crackers in the UK and AU!!! We have so many good recipes that we love to use graham crackers in.

    Your relish looks wonderful — I love how you and Sarah always make pretty tags to go with your goodies!

  6. says

    They look delicious!!!
    I wish you, Lisa, and all your family a Happy Easter!! Much joy and love and chocolate to you all!!
    Love, Bela

  7. says

    The relish sounds delicious, and I love your packaging! As always, Sarah’s treats look delightful. I would have to run miles each day if I lived with her, because I would not be able to resist the treats she is always baking!

  8. Jody says

    I love this blog! 🙂 It is so nice to find local (to me) people who do the same things I do. Great projects and lovely photos. About 6 months ago I too made graham crackers… I used this recipe: I hadn’t tasted the original recipe though so had nothing to compare them to – them my husbands nice workmates brought me a box. We think original grahams taste a lot like granita biscuits. 🙂
    Kind regards,

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