I was lucky enough to be sent a jar of Aivar (also known as Ajvar) by the good folks at Pelagonia to review. I love trying new and unusual products and aivar is something I had never tried before. Made from roasted red peppers ground with aubergine, it makes the perfect meze, an accompaniment to go with meals or to be served as a dip. This is a rich and vibrant sauce that whilst flavoursome is not overpowering which is why it goes so well with other ingredients. I had some aivar with fried eggs on sourdough bread for breakfast and enjoyed the taste combination. The rustic flavour cut through the savoury bread with the creamy texture of the egg yolk enhancing the rich and vibrant aivar.
Pelagonia is an award-winning Macedonian food range based on the very best traditional recipes from Macedonia. Many products from the range feature peppers, Macedonian peppers are known for their size and sweetness throughout the region; with 300 days of sunshine and a fantastic heritage of agriculture. Sounds like a place that I should visit soon!
There are lots of ways to eat aivar – #52Ways to be exact. Download this great recipe and serving suggestion guide and be creative!
You can find aivar in Waitrose, Ocado and Sainsbury’s.
For more information about the range visit: www.pelagonia.co.uk