This started as a little girl – growing up my mum, Marlene made Atchara all the time. My mum always cooked when I was growing up and cooking Filipino or Asian food is definitely her thing – she never follows recipe books though, it’s always ‘a bit of this’ and ‘a bit of that’. A nightmare when trying to replicate it myself… That is also how mamabakat (my grandma) cooked and a good cook she was too – lucky for my mum and me!. My mum learned from her and in turn my mum taught me through watching her and eating it. I can’t wait to show my children when I have them!
When I started my supper clubs a couple of years ago I made my pickle as a garnish to my dishes and also gave small jars to each guest as a gift at the end. One of my favourite dishes which I garnished my pickle with was ‘Kinilaw’, a mackerel ceviche. Being a lovely fatty fish, it went beautifully and the plating looked great too.
There are some differences between mine and my mum’s Atchara though and the main ones are that I don’t use sultanas and I add chilli. Just a preference really because I love spice and I’m just not a massive fan of sultanas.
The next step of my pickle journey is that it will be on BBC2 Tuesday 17 April at 8pm – ’Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge’. Eight episodes in total, each episode with a different Artisan food category. Mine, the first episode, will be Pickles and Preserves. I can’t say much more than that except please tune in and watch the programme and if you’re interested in buying my pickle then please get in contact with me on the form below.