Growing up my mum and aunties would get together once a year to make chutney. It would all be last minute as my aunty who was in charge of getting the fruit and vegetables wouldn’t let the date dictate when they would meet to make the chutney. It was dependent on the produce at the farmers market.
When it was time she would rally the troops of all ages both men and women to help her peel, wash and stir the chutney in massive stainless steel pots (remember the scene in the original Willy Wonka where Charlie’s mum was doing the washing in a big pot – that’s the size!!). When I saw this recipe it reminded me of my childhood memory. The combination of dates, pears and cinnamon makes this a great afternoon snack or meal on its own.
I smeared blue cheese and the chutney on French bread. It was so delightful. My room mate Jen and the person who usually who gets to sample all my cooking warned me that she wasn’t a fan of blue cheese but would taste it. Huh she loved the combination of savory and sweet! The chutney is great on a platter with blue cheese and crusty bread.