As a nutritionist, I certainly appreciate food for the good things (or not so good things) it does for our bodies. Health stuff aside though, I’ve always said one of the biggest reasons I love food is for the memories it makes for everyone. Food plays such an important role in shaping our lives and making us who we are. Every holiday, season, birth, death – people celebrate or mourn with food. I think it’s especially amazing how sometimes just a taste or smell or the act of making a certain food will remind you so much of someone you love, or miss.
This recipe I’m sharing today – Zucchini Relish, is from my friend Jill. She makes it in the summer, when there’s so much zucchini you don’t know what to do with it. It reminds me of visiting her Cape house in Orleans, and packing sandwiches at the kitchen counter to take to the beach. There’s always a big jar in her refrigerator to add to the sandwiches. She told me for the longest time she couldn’t bring herself to make it because it reminds her so much of her dad, who she lost unexpectedly and far too early. They always made it together in the summer, at their Cape house, probably to put on sandwiches to eat at the beach.
Use the small zucchini if you can find it – it has fewer seeds. I like a red and a yellow pepper for the color, but feel free to use what you like. Since this relish isn’t processed, it should be kept in the refrigerator, but it should keep for several weeks. It also makes a lovely hostess gift, if you’re lucky enough to get an invite to someone’s beach house 🙂
What’s your favorite food memory?