I am not sure where I first came across Ousback’s recipe — he was very popular with Vogue Entertainment Magazine around the mid 1990, so perhaps it was there. Anders Ousback was well known as a lover of food and wine, and this relish of his was also well known and loved. He was influential in the Sydney food scene, and influenced many chefs and restaurant owners. This recipe of his has stood the test of time, and is as wonderful today as it was back then.
There were several variations of the Grilled Pepper Relish. The one below is the one that I love because of its freshness and the wonderful taste of the spices it includes.
I am sure the recipe that Anders used has provenance. You can see the origins in Elizabeth David’s Red Pepper Relish. And there are infinite purees and pastes of roasted red peppers, such as Serbian Ajvar, an Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Relish.
Similar recipes include Harissa, Roasted Red Pepper Sauces, and Red Pepper, Eggplant and Tomato Pasta Sauce.
You might also liked to browse our Preserves recipes and our Capsicum recipes. Our Apple dishes are here. Or explore our Late Spring recipes.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can find other recipes from that blog in our Retro Recipes series.
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A gorgeous carrot pickle that will last in the fridge for a week.
Here is another quick Carrot Pickle, quite different to the last Quick Carrot Pickle which had dark Asian flavours. This one is bright and fresh with a touch of sweetness, and the tartness that only cider vinegar can provide. I hope that you enjoy it.
This pickle is lovely with a bowl of steamed rice drizzled with the marinade juices.
Are you after other Carrot Recipes? Try a Sri Lankan Carrot Salad, and Carrot and Blueberry Salad.
Are you looking for other Quick Pickles? Try Onion Strings Salad and Cucumber and Red Radish Quick Pickles.
Have a look at our other Quick Pickles, all of our Pickles, and our Chutneys too. You might like to browse all of our Carrot recipes, or explore our Mid Spring recipes.
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The cheery colour of Pomegranate Vinegar brightens any Winter Salad Dressing
When pomegranates are plentiful in late autumn and early winter, I love to make pomegranate honey for the winter, pomegranate molasses and pomegranate vinegar. The vinegar is great in salad dressings or over roasted vegetables, and the colour is cheery in the midst of winter.
Are you after more Pomegranate recipes? Try Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, Pomegranate Molasses, and Pomegranate and Banana Coconut Salad.
You might like to browse all of our Pomegranate recipes here. Check out a range of ways you can preserve in Autumn for Winter eating. Or enjoy our Early Winter recipes.
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This year I have a surfeit of Pomegranates from a wonderful friend that has a prolific tree. Juice, Pomegranate Honey, Pomegranate Vinegar and other such goodies emerge from our kitchen, including this Pomegranate Molasses.
Are you looking for Pomegranate recipes? Try Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Green Olive, Walnut, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad.
Browse all of our other Pomegranate recipes. You might also be interested in our Autumn Preserves. Or browse our easy Early Winter recipes.
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Turning zucchini into glorious pickles
Fussy to make, these pickles are rather gorgeous and a great way to use the gigantic zucchini that you can’t avoid in your vegetable garden patch.
Are you looking for other Zucchini Recipes? Try a Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini with Thyme, a delicious Indian Zucchini Fry, and Zucchini Rice.
Or perhaps you would like some Pickle suggestions. Try Pickled Okra, Pickled Jicama and Pickled Ginger.
You might like to browse all Pickles, and all Zucchini recipes. Explore our Autumn preserving recipes too. Or take some time to explore our Early Autumn recipes.
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I have fallen in love with okra and it is all my internet friend Jude’s fault – her love of okra got me checking them out at the supermarket and Asian grocers and thinking about recipes.
The season is nearly ended, I am guessing, so thoughts are turning to pickling Okra and to drying them. Some must be frozen as well. I am going to play with 2 or three ways to dry the okra, to see what we like best. I do have a dehydrator, but you can also dry okra in the sun, or in the oven.
Okra are easy to grow too, and drying okra is a great way to preserve an abundant crop. It also avoids the slimy nature of okra, definitely a plus. I have to be truthful and say that this is not a pretty item. But is it a light and crunchy snack with an amazing taste. They say it tastes of the garden and it is definitely more-ish. You have a great combination with some Dried Capsicum and Dried Okra.
In this recipe the okra is tossed with mustard or olive oil, salt and a little cayenne for a hint of spice. Select pods that are small – no larger than 6 – 8 cm. Larger okra can be stringy and tough.
Are you looking for more Okra dishes? Try Crispy Okra, Okra with Chilli Spice Paste, and Goan Fried Okra. Read more about Okra here.
Or perhaps you are looking for dried items? Have a look at these: Dried Capsicum, Dried Mung Bean Nuggets, Sweet Potato Crisps, and Dried Mango.
You might like to browse all of our Okra dishes, and all of our Dried Vegetables. We have a guide to preserving Summer and Autumn fruits and vegetables for Winter. Or simply explore our Mid Autumn recipes.
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Bharta are North Indian (Punjabi) dishes where the main ingredient is roasted and then pureed with spices. The flavours are intensified by the roasting and the resulting dish is spicy and tangy. A commonly known bharta is Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Bharta).
This recipe uses tomatoes and it is amazing. It is great as a dip, served over rice, used as a sauce, or as an accompaniment to any curry. It can be served with dal-rice, kitchari or stuffed parathas. It also goes well with Chapatti, Roti. It has the best taste!
Looking for Bharta recipes? Try Baingan ka Bharta.
Perhaps you are looking for other Punjabi dishes. Try Kohlrabi Subzi, Potato and Eggplant Curry, and Urad Dal with Tomatoes.
It is Tomato recipes that you are after. Try Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomatoes, Greek-Indian Tomato Pakoras, and Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce.
See all of our Bharta recipes here. Read all about Indian Chutneys here, and feel free to browse other Indian Chutneys recipes. See Tomato recipes here. Or simply explore all of our Punjabi dishes, our Indian dishes and our Early Autumn recipes.
This recipe can be frozen without the tadka – browse other Autumnal ways of preserving for Winter here.
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We like to keep some pickles on our shelves – usually in the fridge for longer storage. Given our current focus on Okra, it was wonderful to realise that these can be pickled as well as our usual ones – carrots, jicama, cumquats, quinces, onions, ginger – pickles feature big here.
This is an Armenian Pickle, from Arto Der Haroutunian’s Middle Eastern Vegetarian Dishes – my old copy that I bought at a second hand stall in about 1985. I love this book.
The recipe would be quite tweak-able, and I am quite excited about it. As the jars lined up on the shelf, I imagined it with various other spices included. This will stay on our list of often-repeated dishes for some time. It is surely a nice way to use up an over-abundant crop from the kitchen garden.
It’s a long wait though. Between the easy part – placing them in the jar with spices and vinegar – an eating them is the difficult part, that of waiting 8 weeks. Oh well, just imagine, in early Winter we will have pickled Okra with our meals. A nice thought.
Are you after other Okra Recipes? Try Okra in Tamarind with Prunes and Apricots, Crispy Okra, Okra with Chilli Spice Paste, and Goan Fried Okra. Read more about Okra here.
Or perhaps you are wanting other pickles? Try Pickled Jicama, Pickled Lemon Slices, and Quince Pickle.
We have one other Armenian dish – Green Peppers in Yoghurt.
If you are keen for more information, browse all of our Pickles and all of our Okra recipes. Our Middle Eastern Recipes are here. Take a look at Arto’s dishes that we have made. Or take some time to explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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Late Autumn sees the first lemons, and jam is a perfect way to begin using them.
Autumn brings such a wealth of fruits that can be preserved in some way – Pomegranates, Quinces, Tomatoes, Crab Apples and new Ginger are abundant, and a few lemons are becoming available.
One easy way to use up a surfeit of lemons and provide breakfast jam for the coming winter is to make this quick lemon marmalade. No tedious slicing involved – it is all done by the food processor.
Are you looking for recipes that use lemons? Try Quick Pickled-Preserved Lemon Slices in Oil, Lemon Rice, and Lemony Sago with Coconut Milk.
Other jams that you might like to try are Quick Strawberry Jam, Tomato and Chilli Jam (savoury), and Cumquat Marmalade.
You might like to browse all of our Jams and all of our recipes for Lemons. Or be inspired by our collection of easy Mid-Autumn recipes.
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A honey that attracts attention
A delicious and healthy combination of pomegranate and honey, fabulous to eat or cook with, and winter-healthy as well.
Pomegranate Honey is a mixture of honey and the juice of pomegranate. It is healthy, and we recommend a teaspoon a day during the cold winter months. Extracting the juice can take time, but if you have a cold pressed juicer, it is really easy. You can read more about how to extract pomegranate juice here. By the way, I am not receiving any compensation for linking to this juicer, it is for information purposes only.
Are you after Pomegranate recipes? Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses, Pomegranate Vinegar and Pomegranate Honey. Or try Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Pomegranate and Banana Salad.
What about honey recipes? Try Flattened Rice (Poha) with Banana and Honey, or Honey Roasted Carrots.
This is part of our Autumn Preserving series. You can see the other suggestions here, and even more suggestions over at Heat in the Kitchen.
You might like to explore all of our honey recipes, and all of our Pomegranate recipes. Be inspired by our easy Mid Autumn recipes.
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Jicama is not a cheap vegetable, but boy it is good, and one Jicama will often make 2 or 3 dishes. A couple of salads for example. Or just eat it on its own with salt and lime juice.
The jicama I picked up today from the local Asian Grocery is young and beautiful. It must be the beginning of the Jicama season. Never choose one that is wrinkled, damaged, with mouldy or sunken spots. Ewk!
This recipe is a quickish pickle that will sit in the fridge easily for a week or more. So just adjust the recipe to the amount that you think you will eat in that time.
Try these other Jicama recipes: Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Jicama with Coconut Milk, or Jicama Sticks with Spices.
Are you after other interesting pickles? Try Pickled Lemons, Pickled Quinces, and Cumquat Pickles.
All of our Jicama recipes are here, and all of the Pickle recipes here. Or take some time to explore our Late Summer recipes.
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Keep good garlic available for winter
Did you know that garlic freezes rather well? I have to thank Kathryn Elliott for bringing this to my attention.
Garlic is a seasonal crop, and local garlic is cheap over summer. It begins to peak in price during late Summer and early Autumn, continuing to rise until late Autumn or Early Winter until it is no longer available. The only option then is to buy overseas garlic of dubious quality.
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Dry Mango for year round summer flavours
South India, I guess all of India, has a culture of drying vegetables, mixtures of lentils and spices, and pastes made from rice, sago and similar. This is sensible of course – it preserves summer produce for use throughout the year, and thus in leaner seasons it extends freshly available ingredients.
Although terms are used interchangeably, strictly speaking:
- Vathal are dried vegetables and fruits
- Vadagam are dried balls of lentils and spices
- Vadam is a paste or dough made from rice, sago etc that is dried and then fried before using. Also called Fryums.
Looking for similar recipes? Learn how to Dehydrate Sweet Mango and make Mango Leather.
Other recipes that use the dehydrator include Sweet Potato Crisps, Mung Wadi, and Crispy Spiced Dried Okra.
You might also like other Mango recipes here and here. Browse our Indian Recipes here. Or try a collection of easy Late Summer dishes.
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Hand made, home made pesto is the most exquisite of creations. Do try it.
I first made it long ago, when I took a cooking class with Bill Grainger of the famous Bills Restaurants in Sydney, and author of many Sydney-style cookbooks. He made pesto by hand in the class. At home, Bill didn’t keep a lot of gadgets in his kitchen and didn’t have a blender!! So at home he always made it by hand. A man after my own heart – Meditation in the kitchen through manual grinding. There is something about pesto that you make yourself, especially if you grow your own basil.
This recipe is enough to make you reach for the basil plant, and bring the mortar and pestle out of the cupboard. You can smell the basil even while reading the recipe…. and taste the pasta.
You should check out our home made eggless pasta too.
Are you looking for pasta sauces? Try Pasta with a Cauliflower Sauce, Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce, and Pasta Sauce with Aubergine, Red Peppers and Tomato. Use Broad Bean and Mint Puree as a pasta sauce too, by thinning it until a suitable consistency is reached.
You might also like our Pesto recipes here and here. All of our Pasta Sauce recipes are here. Or you might like to browse our Italian recipes here and here. Alternatively, take some time to check out our easy Mid Summer recipes.
Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series – vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006.
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A very versatile Italian Sauce
This is a gorgeously herby tomato sauce with an Italian swagger. It cooks slowly down then is blended well (using a blender) or coarsely (with an immersion blender), and the sauce can be frozen. It pairs delightfully with cheeses like fontina, can serve as a fresh chutney, used as a spread in layered sandwiches and toasties, and of course serves as a sauce as well.
It was my daughter who first pointed out how good this recipe is. It has been in use in our household since 1998. That is how good it is!
Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Tomato recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Sauce recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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