Mango salsa.

Who here likes salsa? Who gets there salsa from the store because you’re to lazy to make it?  Me, I love salsa and sometimes yes I’m to lazy to make my own.  It normally happens when all I want are chips…and by chips I mean nachos and it’s also movie night.  However with that being said, sometimes I like making my own salsa and I’m not feeling lazy…it’s normally a pretty exotic salsa though, not like a normal tomato based one.  Which is where this post comes in, get ready mango salsa!  You can use this salsa for almost anything, such as: Tacos, chips, and on top of proteins like fish.  I personally used cod this time, which I baked with chili flakes.
This recipe is very easy, straight forward and doesn’t take very long to do.

Prep time: 10 minutes  Wait time: 30 minutes (depending)  Servings: 6

Equipment:
Small bowl.
Spoon.
measuring spoon/cup.
Knife.
Cutting board.

Ingredients:
1 mango
1/2 small red onion/or 1 shallot
1/4  red bell pepper
1/4 orange bell pepper (you could use any colour bell pepper you want)
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 lime-juiced
1tsp sugar/or honey (I used raw, and you could add more to suite your tastes)
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Dice the onion into small pieces.  Combine white wine vinegar, lime, and sugar together and place diced onion into liquid.  Set aside till the remaining ingredients are finished.  (This will make the onion have less of a sharp taste)
  2. Peel mango and cut into small pieces, cut the bell peppers into similar size pieces and put them aside.
  3. Peel garlic and finely mince.  There is the option to roast the garlic before mincing, this could give a sweeter taste.  To roast the garlic toss the peeled whole cloves in olive oil, wrap them in foil and place in oven at 250F.  This should take about 20 minutes or until they are golden (keep an eye on them, garlic burns quickly).  Let them cool before adding them to the salsa.
  4. Combine all the ingredients(including the onion liquid mixture) together and season will salt and pepper till it suites your taste.
  5. refrigerate till ready to use, and enjoy!10603636_10153361955348404_253565579615985268_n
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Strawberry and thyme jam.

This year for Christmas I decided to make delicious gifts for people.  With all of the ideas I had, including pies wrapped up in dish towels 60’s style. I decided to go with jam, everyone loves jam…but I wanted to do something no one could really buy in the store.
I was thinking to myself and, I remembered a few years back I visited this herb garden that did a beautiful maze throughout the summer.  They would sell herbs by themselves but they would also make fruity jams, jellies and chutneys with the herbs as well.  One combination that they made was strawberry and thyme, I remember it smelling and tasting so delicious.
So that’s what I did, I made a sweet and savoury  jams.

Ingredients:
3 1/2 – 4 cups of strawberries (halved)
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 tsp thyme (chopped)
1 tbsp lemon or orange juice
“Optional – 1 tsp vanilla, gelatine (for consistency)”

Equipment:
Cutting board.
knife.
Medium sized pot.
measuring spoons/cups.
rubber spatula.

Method:
1. Combine strawberries, sugar, thyme, citrus juice and vanilla if you wanted it in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. bring down to a medium-low heat and let simmer. Occasionally stirring.
3. Place a small plate in the freezer, this will be used to check the consistency.
4. After about 15 minutes stir and put a little on the cold plate, if the liquid is thick and not runny it’s done!!  Take off heat and let cool. Enjoy!
Note: If you are worried about it still being to runny you may add a little gelatine to it, just follow the instructions of the package.

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