Peggy walked up to me with an outstretched arm and gave me a jar which was wrapped in the warmth of her smile. I`ll never forget seeing that jar – it looked perfect!
Getting those relish-sized chunks was a mystery to me. I had tried using a knife – it worked but chopping a single vegetable into 7,543,235 precise slices takes a lot of time and left one arm longer than the other.
Next up was the food processor. It worked as long as I was willing to chunk single pieces at a time – otherwise I ended up with all sorts of different sizes of things (`this one`s too big, this one`s too small, this one`s…`).
I looked at Peggy and I knew she had the answer I had searched for so long. I believe I was able to stammer a single word (hardly even phrased as a question but the mere start of one); `How…`
She smiled and declared, `Vitamix.` It was the first I had heard of one and I ran to google to find out that it was a killer blender-chopper thingee that was a considerable investment and took storage space that we have none of. Foiled again!
We finally had massive success last week with a different approach when making a black radish relish (we`ll share photos and a recipe tomorrow).
The secret was simple: chunk the product into small pieces and use the grating blade on the food processor (you could also do manually if you didn`t have one). Drop the pieces into the feeding tube and let them bounce around (I cover the hole with my hand) as they hit the blade.
The end result is perfect relish-sized chunks that are consistent in shape and size with each other – this is one of the most exciting developments in our kitchen in a very long time. I`m going to have to be careful that I don`t turn everything into relish this year!