How-To Make Cheap Olives Taste Expensive

Tart-Up Your Olives I love olives. Green ones. Black ones. Even those anaemic-looking, skinny reddish ones. But I always tart them up a bit. Here’s what I do. I already have a bowl ready for New Year’s nibbles, by the way. I drain the brine away from a tub of cheap, pitted olives (approx. 500g),…

August and Bite Me Pickles

August was busy. There was a new driveway and garden path made from brick cobbles, there were Mellow Yellow posts (yellow is one of my favourite colours!), there were scones and a possible problem with using sugar-free fizzy drinks in this recipe because of chemical changes under high heat. I don’t think I’ll try using…

Sugar-Free Pineapple and Mango Chutney

Mr Misky loves chutney, but commercial chutney is tipped heavily toward sugar on the diabetic is-it-ok scale. I came up with a combination of tropical fruit, chilli pepper and tartness using lemon and vinegar so that no sugar whatsoever is required. NO sugar! And it’s very tasty, too. This version will make you a bit…

How-To Make Tartar Sauce

When I was in high school, there was a small café across the street from the bus stop that sold the best French fried potatoes (chips) and homemade tartar sauce that I’ve ever tasted (then and/or now!). This recipe is the closest I’ve come to replicating their tartar sauce. And to this day I still…