Gee, Officer Kumquat

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Gee, Officer Kumquat – this chutney tastes amazing! Here’s a four-ingredient kumquat chutney recipe inspired by West Side Story.Gee, Officer Kumquat - a West Side Story inspired kumquat chutney recipe

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West Side Story is a popular musical set in the 1950s in a New York City neighborhood, and is loosely based on the story of Romeo & Juliet. It opened in Broadway in 1957 with a film adaptation following in 1961. It tells the tale of two rival gangs: the Sharks and the Jets, and the complications that follow when Tony (a member of the Jets), falls in love with Maria, who is the sister of Bernardo (the leader of the Sharks).

Gee, Officer Krupke is a cheeky number in Act II where members of the Jets capture Officer Krupke and try and explain their troubles (they’re disturbed, depraved, sick, they have a social disease, they’re growing) and many more reasons that adults give to try and explain their behavior. Kumquats, it should be made clear, have absolutely nothing to do with the show. But that’s never stopped us before at Life is a Cabernet – so please enjoy this kumquat chutney recipe. Perhaps Tonight?

So if you haven’t tried kumquats, they are a very small citrus fruit but you can eat the whole thing as the rind is actually softer and sweeter than oranges, lemons or limes. This chutney is very easy to make with only four ingredients, but you could always add spices or other flavors to it if you liked. Ginger, cinnamon or chili peppers would all work well!

The first task is to halve and remove the seeds from the kumquats. I know what you’re thinking – who has time for that? But halving the fruit will help it break down when the chutney is cooking. And removing the seeds means, well, that no-one gets seeds in their chutney. And no-one wants seeds in their chutney. You can tweet me on that. I’ll make it easy for you:

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Gee, Officer Kumquat - a West Side Story inspired kumquat chutney recipe

ANYWAY. Add the prepared kumquats to a saucepan with sugar, white wine vinegar and chopped onion. I have a bag of ready-chopped onion in the freezer at all times, which is perfect for this recipe.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a very low simmer for around 45 minutes or until it has formed a jam-like consistency. Leave to cool or serve warm.

Gee, Officer Kumquat - a West Side Story inspired kumquat chutney recipe

This chutney can be served over grilled meat or would work well with a deli meat and cheese platter.

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz kumquats, halved and seeds removed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup chopped onion

Instructions

  1. Add the prepared kumquats to a saucepan with sugar, white wine vinegar and chopped onion.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a very low simmer for around 45 minutes or until it has formed a jam-like consistency.
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