When I was a kid I grew up in Canada. (I use the term grew up in the past tense)...as if I have completed the task! and for instance, I am now... In all senses of the term, a grown up human being... Allthough many have accusidly informed me that at the ripe age of 40+ (at present) I am about as far from grown up as could be imaginable.
Anyway as I was growning up in Ottawa, Canada in the 70s and 80s the hot dog stands on the streets used to have about 5 different kinds of Hot dog relish. At Super markets there was generaly a good selection sold in Jars too.
Although in my drunken 20s and 30s living in London the hot dog experiance was more like this. Drunk at 3AM searching for Taxi/night bus,fumbling through jean pockets for loose change and seredipitously stumbling (stumbling quite literally) into a very greasy late night hot dog vendor at Trafalgar Square. To accompany the dog was the measly offering of burnt oily onions + at most the choice of ketchup and or mustard. relish the thought of younger days.
Consequently I offer you the relish recipe below that I believe works well for BBQ hambugers and hot dogs, Hey! My family likes it! I promise to myself henceforth to avoid the Late night London dog. Since I live in Japan now, I suppose theres a slim chance for me to encounter the likes of such a non-gastronomic hot dog experiance.
Without further ado I offer you the recipe below.
1/2 an onion (chopped)
1 clove of garlic
4 Tbsp of chopped gerkins or cornichons
6 large green olives (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 green pepper (chopped)
3 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
3 Tbsp of tomato ketchup
3 to 4 Tbsp of cider vinegar
2 tsp of brown sugar
1/2 tsp of coriander powder
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of salt
some coursly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
Saute the onion, garlic, red and green pepper in 1 Tbsp of olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. add the spices and brown sugar and next the vinegar. Next add the gerkins, green olives ketchup and sweet chili sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes and add the remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil stir and remove from heat.
Try to avoid over cooking this relish. The whole relish making procedure should be concluded within the space of 6 min... 7 min max!! Thats not icluding the initial chopping up of the ingredients.
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