I’m not really sure what I snacked on before the lovely Nina Timm sent an interesting looking package to me last week.  The box contained Moir’s Cream Crackers, Fairview Erik’s Goat’s Cheese Gouda and a jar of Oriental Dried Fruit and Onion Chutney.  Slowly but surely that package has been sustaining me over the past few days while I’ve been plodding through admin duties.

 

A delicious oriental dried fruit and onion chutney and very tasty goat's gouda cheese!

A delicious oriental dried fruit and onion chutney and very tasty goat’s gouda cheese!

 

Determined not to finish every bite of deliciousness before using at least one product in a culinary way, I simply topped a bowl of Spicy Lentil and Beetroot Soup with plain yoghurt and Nina Timm’s Oriental Dried Fruit and Onion Chutney.  I’ve never used chutney as a soup garnish before, but it worked!

 

The Spicy Lentil and Beetroot Soup was concocted from the leftovers from my current Freshly Blogged entry (click here to view and vote for that recipe please!)  The Freshly Blogged Challenge submission was a Valentine’s Dinner for 2, using salmon in 2 ways and beetroot in 3 ways.

 

Making a soup from the tasty spiced lentils and the robust herb roasted beetroot purée was originally just a way to get the ingredients into the fridge and the washing up done.  But it turned out that the soup was worth sharing, and once the chutney was added it was worth going public with!  For the Oriental Dried Fruit and Onion Chutney recipe, click here to go through to Safari Dried Fruit’s website.

 

 

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I’m really excited to be in the final 12 for the Freshly Blogged competition.  It’s been an amazing culinary journey and I have tried new things and learned so much!  Just looking at my first entry for the competition and my current entry shows me how much food travelling I’ve done.

 

 

To follow my progress in Freshly Blogged, an online cooking competition run by Fresh Living Magazine, visit my current recipe http://freshlyblogged.co.za/recipe/valentines-dinner/ (all votes much appreciated!!)