When I was contacted and asked by the Merrydown Cider team whether I would like to get involved with their Merrydown Cider Sussex Blogger Competition, it was a hell yeah from me! As a cider lover and now a Sussex local for university, I was so excited to get involved! The challenge was to create a ploughmans spread, incorporating Merrydown cider and to make a chutney using the cider too! I love creative things, that combined with food and delicious cider, I was game! I was sent 4 bottles of Merrydown Cider to taste, use in the chutney and the shoot, along with a £20 supermarket voucher to buy ingredients, and I was all set. Now what is the prize eh? The winner of the challenge will be picked based on the most beautiful shots and creativity and will with £50 worth of John Lewis vouchers. So, fingers crossed!
Made with ‘Sussex Sparkle’ Merrydown cider began life back in 1946, after three school friends Jack Ward, Ian Howie and John Kelland-Knight decided to club together to turn their passion into a reality. They set up production in the garage of Jack’s family home ‘Merrydown’, which became the natural inspiration for the name. Using cooking apples from the nearby orchards and a 300-year-old oak cider press borrowed from a local farmer, their dream enterprise was born and it wasn’t long before the tasty brew became a spectacular hit, and it’s a super yummy cider!
For my entry I decided to go for an alternative Mediterranean inspired ploughmans inspired by a recipe on the Merrydown site, with French bread, cherry tomatoes, halloumi and pepper skewers, red onion and cider chutney and of course a glass of yummy cider to wash it all down with.
Overall I had so much fun putting the chutney together and taking the photos. What do you think? Have you made your own chutney before?
*In collaboration with Merrydown