Tuesday 26 December 2017

Traditional Tracklements

This is, in my opinion, one of the best days of the year for meals - you can really enjoy yourself with the leftovers. Cold meats and cheeses, jacket potatoes, bread and crackers, simple salads, mayonnaise and "tracklements"
This is when you are glad you spent time back in October, using the bounty of the hedgerows, gluts of garden vegetables, dried fruit, vinegar, sugar and spices, to make jars of chutneys and pickles.
I hope that friends who received such preserves in their stockings will be enjoying them as much as I plan to do in the coming days.
A tracklement is a savoury condiment [for example a mustard, relish,pickle or chutney] usually served with meat. The word was coined in 1954, by the cookery writer Dorothy Hartley in her book Food in England. Probably derived from similar older dialect words [e.g. tranklement, tanchiment] used across North and Central England, meaning trinkets, bits of things, ornaments.


  1. Blessings to you and Bob, Fiona New Zealand

  2. Happy Christmas Fiona - just been looking at pictures sent by my Dorset friends currently visiting family in NZ. I can't get used to the concept of festivities on the beach!


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