Sunday, July 29, 2012
Junque Food - Yummy Mom's Mo' Relish
This relish is bounty of nature's goodness. We used to call it Moe's Relish, after a family friend who made it for my mom several years ago. Since we haven't had it in awhile, and my Mom made this yesterday, I decided to switch it up and call it Mom's Mo' Relish.
It is totally worth the extra apostrophes, I promise.
The beauty of this relish is that it's very versatile. This particular relish was make with zucchini, yellow squash, red and yellow bell peppers, celery, carrots, onion, and a few tomatoes. All finely chopped. A wee bit of olive oil, and your choice of vinegar. This one has apple cider vinegar, but I believe it was originally made with Balsamic vinegar. Spices are simple: basil, salt, pepper, maybe a little garlic. If you need to cut the bite of the vinegar, a tiny bit of honey or stevia will help it out.
See what I mean? You can totally use whatever you have on hand to make Mom's Mo' Relish. You can mix it up if you want, adding cucumbers, or get a little wild, and dice up a hot pepper or two. Change the spices to ones that you enjoy. It is literally a universe of veggie goodness in a bowl for your culinary pleasure.
What what do you do with it when you've made up a bowl of this garden goodness?
I am so glad you asked that question... (heh)
Mo's original relish was a condiment used for sandwich wraps. A tortilla, your choice of lunch meat, and a little cheese, then slather the relish on, wrap it up, and YUM!
But what if I'm attempting to do the Paleo Diet thing, Mrs. Junque? I can't have the tortilla, the lunch meat has nitrates in it, and the cheese is right out!!!
Well, yes, that's true. And we did pause for a bit, thinking about all the things we could put this relish on. We finally decided there wasn't much you couldn't put Mom's Mo Relish on. I mean, really. Think about it!
Last night we had it on top of baked fish. Totally. Nummy.
This morning we are going to put it in an omelet. For realz!
Grilled chicken? You betcha!
So, if you can't find anything to put Mom's Mo Relish on, then you aren't thinking very hard.
This stuff is the cat's meow, y'all.....give it a try!