For our Northern Hemisphere readers, December in New Zealand is the middle of summer. So we don't like to eat those heavy, stodgy 'traditional' Christmas foods at that time. So we have a 'midwinter Christmas dinner' in the mdidle of winter (June) where we can drink mulled wine and eat stodgy Christmas pudding with custard. :)
Nigella's spiced peaches were amazingly simple. We couldn't find canned peach halves at the supermarket, so we used peach slices (but it didn't matter in the end!).
The only hard part was peeling an 8cm piece of fresh ginger and slicing it in to thin rounds. I ended up doing that bit for her.
So all Caitie had to do was put 4 cans of peach slices in syrup, 30ml white wine vinegar, 3 sticks of cinnamon, the sliced ginger, a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes, a sprinkle of salt, a few cloves and a few whole black peppercorns in to a saucepan. All in the one pot, no messing around, so easy!
She brought it to the boil on the stove, let it boil for about one minute, then carefully spooned it in to glass jars.
It filled two small jars and half of a large jar (so it would have been three small jars if we'd had a third small one!). We ate the ones from the half-filled jar with our ham that night. They were a bit spicy for Caitie, but all the adults thought they were absolutely delicious. A bit sweet, a bit warm from the chilli, and oh, so good! We gave a jar each to our guests, and decided that something so very very simple, we were definitely making again! Pretty, easy to make, delicious and a wonderful gift. Thumbs up to Nigella's spiced peaches!