Pineapple Salsa with Del Monte

What better accompaniment to go with my Jamaican Jerk/Cajun spiced chicken breasts than with a warm, fresh and fruity pineapple salsa?  This is quick and easy to make and can be served hot or even cold with a picnic or sandwich filling to go with some cooked meats too!

  • 175g Del Monte canned pineapple in juice
  • 4 Spring onions
  • 50g Red pepper
  • 15ml Cider vinegar
  • 15ml Soft brown sugar
  • 60ml Barbecue sauce
  • 5mm Fresh ginger, grated
  • 50g Canned sweetcorn, drained
  1. Chop the pineapple into small pieces.

Del Monte canned fruit

  1. Slice the spring onions thinly.
  2. Chop the red pepper finely.
  3. Add these to a small saucepan with the cider vinegar, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, ginger and sweetcorn.

Del Monte canned fruit

  1. Heat gently for 10 minutes until the peppers have started to soften.
  2. Serve hot or cold.

Perfect served as an accompaniment to my Jamaican Jerk/Cajun Spiced chicken breasts, along with a baked potato, sweet potato and fresh broccoli.

Del Monte canned fruit

I used the tin of pineapple sent to me from Del Monte recently to make this meal.

Wine Review – Central England Co-Operative – Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

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This month for the Central England Co-Operative We Like Wine Blog, I’ve chosen to go for something with a little bit of fizz to celebrate what is finally summer; a Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Australia.  Sparkling wines tend to be fermented twice, as opposed to once for still wines, where the second fermentation produces the bubbles that we all love!image

Britain first started to become aware of the emerging wine growers of Australia in the 1990s, and by 2008 we were consuming more Australian wines than we were French and that love of Australian wines continues to grow today. With the diverse terrain and temperature range that can be found in Australia, you will find many varieties of grapes being grown and therefore a diverse amount of flavours being available to you.

Champagne tends to be made from the Chardonnay and Pinor Noir grapes from the ‘Champagne’ region of France.  The Chardonnay grapes introduce a crisp, citrus flavour whilst the Pinot Noir grape tends to produce a lightly coloured, medium bodied, low tannin wine. This wine from Jacob’s Creek incorporates both of these grapes and all of the flavours of ‘champagne’ without the associated price tag.

Sitting in the garden as the sun was going down on a Saturday evening, whilst enjoying a delicious dinner of roast and sweet potato wedges, chicken breasts stuffed with basil and haggis then wrapped with proscuito along with a serving of roasted onions and peppers, was the perfect accompaniment to this beautifully chilled bottle of wine.

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I was sent a voucher with which to purchase this bottle of wine, which retails at £7.99. (Price as at 04/07/2015).

Wine Review – Central England Co-Operative – 2014 Pinot Grigio

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Imagine this; you’ve had a busy and challenging week and an even more stressful weekend. You need deserve to relax and unwind. The sun is still shining at the end of what has been a wonderfully warm day, but sadly you haven’t seen much of it as you’ve been stuck indoors (out of necessity, not out of choice). In the fridge is a wonderfully chilled bottle of the Co-Operative’s 2014 Pinot Grigio, and in the cupboard are clean (large) wine glasses.

You put your favourite track of music on in the background, pour yourself a glass of wine, kick off your shoes, take a sip of the cold, refreshing liquid, then lean back and close your eyes as you lose yourself in the music and the beautiful wine you’re tasting. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? I can assure you it was, and indeed a much needed end to my week.

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The Co-Operative 2014 Pinot Grigio is a light and dry, very pale coloured white wine from Italy. It’s a blend of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay grapes that has a fresh taste. It needs to be served chilled, straight from the fridge; it’s perfect as an apéritif but goes equally well with chicken, salads and seafood.

This glass of wine was the prefect antidote to my week and to my weekend. So to that I’ll raise my glass to you and the Co-Operative, and say CHEERS!

I was sent a voucher from the Midlands Co-Operative to buy a bottle of wine to review. The choice of wine and the opinions stated above are my own and were not influenced by the provision of the voucher.

Apple and Sultana Chutney

Perfect for that autumnal glut of homegrown apples. What better way to preserve and enjoy them than to make a chutney.  Whether it be with cheese, pâté or cold meats, make some to keep and enjoy over the next few months. You could also make some & decorate the jars as presents for friends and family at Christmas. You choose; it’s up to you.

1.5-2kg Cooking Apples, peeled and diced
750g Light muscovado sugar
500g Sultanas
2 Medium onions, finely chopped
10ml Mustard seeds
10ml Ground Ginger
5ml Salt
700ml Cider vinegar

1. In a large, heavy based pan, combine all the ingredients.
2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently until thick & pulpy,
3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a while.
4. Decant into clean, sterilised jars and seal.
5. Store in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks for the flavours to develop fully before enjoying.