Monday, January 11, 2010

Antipastoes past and present

I'm going to to preface this post by saying please don't nominate me for Hoarders. But, shameful as it may seem, until Sunday, I had food in my fridge that was 3 1/2 years old!

But, it's not how it sounds. The article in question was a jar of unopened antipasto. It was one of a batch that Shawn and I gave out as wedding favours, which should explain why I counldn't readily bring myself to eat it, or, later, throw it away. So, the fact that this antipasto went to waste, was defineitly not reflection on its quality.  After all, there are very few foods out there that I would consider "wedding worthy."

I also had some pretty bang-on antipastoes* over the holidays — one made by my aunt (pictured above), and another at Char's. These recently enjoyed antipastoes inspired this post much more so than the one that went bad in the fridge, though the synchoncity is undeniable.

Here is my time-tested recipe:



1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
2 spanish onions, chopped
2 small green pepper, chopped
3 cans baby shrimp
3 cans sliced mushrooms , drained
2 cans sliced manzanilla olives
2 cans sliced black olives
1 cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized or smaller florets
2 litres ketchup
1 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup vegetable oil


Boil oil, olives, cauliflower and onions for 5 min. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring just to a boil. Spoon into prepared jars.

Makes about 15 jars. Store in a cool place. Lasts a few months unrefridgerated.



*I know I'm pluralizing that wrong.

1 comment:

Char said...

At least you have a sentimental reason for not eating something but also not getting rid of it. This past September, I found a tub of feta lurking at the back of my frig that had an Oct 2006 expiry date... and I moved into this apartmentt in Oct 2007, which means I moved with year-old-expired cheese!