Sometimes I see an exciting ingredient in the store and buy it not knowing what creative something I will create. Insert kumquats. It’s been awhile since I’ve bought them and the second they caught my eye they were in my cart. Growing up I had a friend with a kumquat tree. We used to love peeling them and eating their sour flesh. These days I still love their tart yumminess, but I can only handle so many raw. I stared at them on the counter for a few days before I decided on making a chutney. I’ve never made chutney before but after doing a little research it seemed pretty easy.
I decided on the combination of kumquat, dates, and crystalized ginger. I simmered these with shallot, coconut vinegar, orange juice, and chinese 5 spice. Yum! Enjoy this chutney with a cheese plate, served on poultry, spread on toast, or even with some vanilla ice cream :0.