Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Corn Relish

Hello again.  Before I launch into a post about the delights of homemade corn relish,  I just want to say that I'm thinking of those of you living in the U.K. who are going through a time of instability right now.  It must be very hard seeing the violence and destruction happening in your beautiful country and I hope that a peaceful resolution is found soon.

We love corn relish in our house especially in toasted cheese sandwiches with the cheese oozing out the sides.  It's pretty darn good with corned beef too.  A couple of years ago I figured there must be a recipe out there for homemade corn relish and sure enough I found one.  I've made a few adjustments to the original recipe and this is what works for me.


1kg corn kernels, (I use frozen)
1 red capsicum (pepper), de-seeded and chopped finely
2 onions, peeled and chopped finely
3 celery sticks (ribs), chopped finely
1/4 cup salt
2 cups white sugar (I use castor sugar, it's what's in my pantry)
2 cups white or apple cider vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons cornflour
extra vinegar

1.  In a large bowl, mix the corn, capsicum, celery and salt and leave for at least two hours.  Drain in a colander.

2.  Place the sugar, vinegar, drained vegetables, mustard and turmeric in a large saucepan.  Bing to the boil and cook over a medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes.  Stir regularly.

3.  If the mixture is still a little runny (mine always is), thicken with a paste of 2 teaspoons of cornflour and about a tablespoon of extra vinegar.  Stir well into relish and cook for another few minutes.

4.  While the relish is still warm, spoon into hot sterilised jars and seal.

I made 5 jars from the above recipe.


Look at all those corn kernels in there.  Commercial bought corn relishes are really stingy with their corn and you are lucky if you find 10 in a jar. As for the red capsicum, hardly a piece of red to be seen.   I exaggerate of course, but you know what I mean.  If you are going to eat corn relish, you want to eat corn relish, not a flavoured and yellow coloured slop.

One last photo for you today.  Here is Sophie waiting hopefully in the kitchen for a tit bit or crumb.  Labradors are insatiable when it comes to food.  She even got into the chook house the other day and ate their wheat.  Naughty dog!

Have a lovely day everyone,

Anne  xx


  1. You are being very creative lately Anne! I would never have thought of making this - maybe we don't use it much either. It does look yum and much better than store bought. Will be interesting to see how long it lasts you. cheers Wendy

  2. Wow! I love this, so yummy yummy! Such a talented lady you are! Sophie looks so lovely, what a cutie!
    Happy day to you too! xo

  3. MMMM MMMMM grew up eating corn relish all the time. I have 4 labradors, so I know exactly what you are talking about. They are a handful for sure.

  4. Oooh I love corn relish and in a toasted cheese sandwich, it sounds absolutely delish Anne............

    Might have to have a go at this. Had to laugh at Sophie eating the chooks wheat, doesn't sound very tasty except for the chooks.

    We got 4 eggs today, yippee........

    Claire :}

  5. That looks really scrummy - be perfect for bbq season.

    Really lucky that my sleepy little corner of England is unaffected by all the trouble. Not sure how its being reported overseas but it is mainly in London and the big cities - the rural parts of which there are many are as sleepy as ever (thank goodness).

  6. It's very kind of you to think of us, but I suspect it has all been over-dramatized by the media - it is confined to particular pockets of particular big cities, and most of us outside of those very specific areas find things totally unchanged. Our small market town was as quiet as ever last night - just a queue for the Harry Potter film, which is about as lively as it ever gets!

    Pomona x

  7. At least she just ate the wheat and not the chooks!

    That corn relish looks a bit of alright!
    Mmmmm....on corned beef and fresh crusty bread.

  8. Exactly what I was thinking about, know foxes & hen houses don't work out so well. But phew it was just the wheat. Thanks for sharing the relish recipe. Actually using the frozen corn means that we can make it now in the cooler months which is a real bonus : ) Funny about the Mum comment the other mistake. Have a a lovely week Anne. much love Catherine x

  9. That corn relish looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    Sophie looks so beautiful, so kind!

  10. I don't like any kind of relish but I think Dave would really like your corn relish!

    We've had a couple of labradors as guide dogs as my grandad was blind so I know what you mean about their appetites! One once ate a whole block of cheese still in the plastic!

  11. Hi Anne, the relish looks very yummy! I might have a go at some. Sophie looks adorable and so what if she has a healthy appetite - show me a labrador that doesn't!
    We did have the beginnings of some unrest here in Bristol but thankfully it was nowhere near on the scale of other major cities. I'm praying it will all calm down soon - it is very scarey. My daughter is off to London soon and I'm now even more worried about her! Take care, Sue x
    p.s. I love your flower mosaic in the last post. Beautiful.

  12. I'm in a rural area so the only rioting we're liable to get round here is if sheep escape from a field!

  13. Will definitely have a go at your relish, which looks delicious as well, I'm sure, as tasting delicious. The corn in our garden is 'nearly as high as an elephant's eye' so it should be ready in the next few weeks as long as the sun starts shining again. It's been heaving down all day.
    All's peaceful in my part of the UK.
    Love from Mum

  14. Your corn relish looks delish! I will definitlely try this one. :)


Thank you for leaving a comment.