Don’t forget to buy your English mustard this Christmas! You simply can not beat Coleman’s English mustard as an accompaniment to ham. I know, that’s a bold statement but it’s true right? Actually no, it’s not true, it used to be true until ham was introduced to my tantalizing Mauritian apple and carrot mustardy slaw. If you are a mustard lover I know I’ve got your attention, mustard lovers are always looking for a new mustardy hit. I realise of course that English mustard has the benefit of being ready to use in a jar probably already in your fridge. The last thing you need is more work in the kitchen on Christmas day. Don’t worry, this recipe can be made days before and actually tastes better after a few days. So long as you keep it refrigerated this will be good to eat for at least 2 weeks, that’ll see you all the way through Christmas and into the new year.
The apple and carrot slaw is sweet and pungent at the same time. Once you taste it you’ll be hooked, you’ll start choosing your food based on what will go well with the Apple and Carrot slaw. Apple and mustard are both good combinations when it comes to pork. Rather than putting the mustard jar on your so nicely dressed table you will now have a bright and colourful bowl of goodness . Not that there is anything wrong with a jar of mustard but It’s Christmas and you have your nice table top with your grand-mother’s cutlery and you want every element on your table to work visually as well as tasting good. But you know, having said all this, it’s not about how much you do it’s about togetherness, try not to forget that this Christmas amidst all the working and trying and doing.
Anyhow see yourself, the recipe is here and it is jaw-droppingly good so make it if you’ve got time. It’s got crunch, sweetness and the spiciness that you look for in English mustard. It’s also very easy and and quick to make if you have your ground mustard ready. If not buy the whole mustard from Tesco or any Asian shop then grind it in a coffee grinder and you are ready to rock and roll.
It doesn’t end with ham, you can serve it as a pickle with any rice dish, a salsa on your sandwiches, crackers or any meat dish. The Irish man in my house loves his English mustard and the sounds he makes while eating this mustardy slaw are ridiculous, practically x-rated. Try it this Christmas and let me know what you think by commenting below.
So did you scrap the English mustard? Don’t forget to get whole mustard instead.
- 4 apples diced in very small cubes like the picture above
- 4 medium size carrots diced in small cubes
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 11/2 to 2 table spoons of ground mustard
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 table spoon of ground turmeric
- 8 table spoons of vegetable or olive oil
- salt to taste
- Few green chilies (optional)
- Dice the apple and carrot into small cubes.
- Squeeze 1/2 a lemon juice to the apple. (This will prevent them from browning)
- Add some salt to the apple and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in an another big mixing bowl add the olive oil, ground mustard, turmeric and the crushed garlic.
- Season with some salt then mix all thoroughly.
- After the apple and carrot has rested it will release some water. Drain the water and dry the apple and carrot with a kitchen towel.
- Add the apple and carrot to the mustard oil and mix well.
- You can now add your green chili if using . Mix and serve.
- Or place in an air tight container and keep it in the fridge for later use.