Getting into a pickle
There's nothing quite like a proper homemade chutney or pickle to add a welcome crunch or punchy hit of flavours to all manners of dishes; I have found the perfect artisan pickled condiments made by The Tudor Chutney Company.
These delicious range of preserves are made in Colliers End by Suzanne Anderson and her family. Their aim is to capture all the good points of a home-made product by filling each jar with generous quantities of fresh, seasonal ingredients which are locally sourced and from Spittlefields market in London.
All their preserves are prepared without the addition of additives, preservatives, colourings or gelling agents. Characterized by bold, fresh flavours and natural sets these delicious preserves have all the honesty and simplicity of the very best food Suzanne prepares in her own kitchen on her classic Aga stove.
I have had the pleasure of tasting their quintessentially country style piccalilli, their honey shallots bursting with flavours as well as their Dragons delight and caramelised red onion chutney. All can be added to curries, soups, shepherd's pies and stews. You could also stir a dollop or two into yogurt to make a great spicy dip or mix some with cream cheese to spread on toast.
They also make a specialist jellies, marmalade and chutney for Hatfield House gift shop from medlars which are handpicked from the ancient trees on the Hatfield House Estate. What is a medlar, you ask? It’s a small deciduous tree and member of the rose family. In fact, it looks like a giant rosehip. The fruit is smallish, ranging from about 1 to 2 inches in diameter and ranging in colour from rosy rust to dusty brown.
Their extensive range includes traditional marmalades, chutneys and pickles and can be purchased at specialist outlets and farmer’s markets around Hertfordshire or you can find them on Facebook under Tudor chutney.