Mezze,is a platter of assorted home ferments, pickles, freshly cut tomato, cucumber and perhaps marinated feta, fresh herbs and lavosh. Mezze serves of guests nibbling, whilst chatting with a drink.
To offer your oldest ferment is showing your highest regard to your guest/s.
Persian rugs were rolled out at my Aunty's home in Ryde, family members took their comfortable spots, simple platters of mezze included homemade white cheese ( feta ) and assorted freshly cut assorted melons filled the air with their distinct sweet aroma. There are several cherished photos of these gatherings from the 80's at my parents place in Sydney. Would have loved to shared with you.
My father makes his own vinegar which he then pickles a variety of vegetables. I do make apple cider vinegar as well as assorted fermented products.
Some of the selection I chose to make a platter of were, left to right Garlic fermented in Raw Local Honey ( method below ), Mixed Assorted Vegetables & Dill in Brine ( Cauliflower, Carrots, Cabbage, Celery ), Spice Pickled Whole Cherries, Pickled Baby Onions, Sun Ripened Fermented Whole Garlic, Marinated Feta in Lemon Zest, Garlic Slices, Fresh Tarragon and Olive Oil
Over time I have made and filled our fridge with a wide selection of preserved seasonal goodness.
The liquid from these goodies is kept to make salad dressing.
The Sun Fermented Garlic is combination of my father's recipe as well as my maternal grandmother. Living here in the Gold Coast and using the long sun filled days to mature the jars of garlic outside is a bonus.
My mother taught me how to pickle Pig Weed or Purslane. We love this ferment with a Rice dish called Gurmir Pilaf, translates from Armenian to Red Rice.
And just like my childhood memories, the tradition continues. Garlic won the tastebuds of our guests followed by marinated feta.
There is no real recipe to fermented garlic in raw honey. It is simply a matter of peeling garlic cloves, placing them in sterilised glass jars, pour raw honey to cover. Then every other day open the lid to 'burp' the gases.
You will need:
Garlic bulbs peeled
Raw honey, local better
Glass jars with lids, all sterilised
I made these last year for gifts which my family use. I have a personal stash as well.
Using the honey liquid with apple cider vinegar and olive oil makes the perfect salad dressing.
Two ingredients, garlic and raw honey, both so filled with medical natural healing properties.
ps to this day Matthew tells the story of when my father offered him 15 year old preserved garlic.