Usually at this time of year I make a batch of our family favourite Green Tomato Chutney. As I havent got a veg garden again...yet..I thought I would share my recipe with you, with pictures I took last time I made it
tomatoes and onions from the garden, some of a glut of apples from my aunties garden, and what I
have in the pantry, I would make a tasty batch of the Chutney. Its
so simple to make, as long as you keep an eye on it and don't
let it stick to the bottom of the pan. Its not nice to have burnt
bits in your chutney. You can vary the ingredients too, adding a little
more or less of each, depending on what you have on hand. This chutney
will keep for years. Its delicious with cheese, chicken and even on a
Green Tomato Chutney
2lbs green tomatoes, chopped
8oz onions, chopped
1lb cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
8oz dried fruit. I use 4oz each of raisins and cranberries
8oz soft brown sugar
1pt cider vinegar
A good splash balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp mustard seed
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Put all the ingredients in a good heavy based pan
Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat.
Remember to stir occasionally to avoid sticking
Simmer uncovered for 2 - 3 hours, until it has
reduced to a thick pulp
Spoon into sterilized jars and seal.
To improve the flavour, keep for at least couple of weeks before eating...if you can wait that long
What's the one thing you feel is the biggest waste of your time during an average week?
Phoning about appointments, bills etc..getting through to an automated service.. pressing lots of number options....and being put on hold.. I just want to speak to a human!. The music they play also drives me a bit loopy
When was the last time you baked a pie?
Ohh its been a while. Last year maybe. But you have just inspired me...
What do you want to spend time doing that you aren't right now?
I would love to spend more time with Mr D... but work has to come first. Never mind the weekend is only a couple of days away
What do you do with old clothes?
I usually donate to some charity. If they are too far gone, send for recycling
If we were having lunch on the porch today, what would you bring for the potluck styled lunch?
Did you ever take piano lessons, as a child or adult?
I come from a musical background. My grandfather and his brothers were part of a silver band ..and he was also a very talented pianist. All my cousins and I were encouraged to learn..and even though Im not very good..I still enjoy playing
How many times do you eat out each month?
Not as much as I would like...or can afford. It would be lovely for someone else to do the cooking... and wash the dishes after.
If you could snap you fingers and change on thing about your appearance, what would that be?
Just one thing? Ok...well it would have to be my tummy. I still have my baby tummy....even tho my baby is 19.....
Do you like looking at art or photography? Do you go to any place that displays them?
Yes..I love looking at photos. I sometimes go to exhibitions to see peoples work and try to get inspiration
Do you have new things for your fall/ winter wardrobe?
Not really...this year I will be wearing summer clothes. And to be honest...I have more clothes than Marks and Spencer
here, and its everything I thought it would be and more. Even though Im slightly jet lagged, Im drinking in my surroundings. I have a huge
grin on my face constantly. Its so HOT...and Im loving it
My luggage on
the other hand preferred it in Paris and wont be joining me til