Sunday, 13 December 2015

Homemade Chutney

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I've been doing a lot of preserving lately and while not quite obsessed, I have spent the last few months collecting every glass jar that comes into the house with thoughts of filling them to the brim with pickles, preserves and jams.  One thing I've been wanting to make for a while is a really good tomato based chutney.  When I mentioned this to a work colleague she raved about a friend's chutney, but had no way of getting the recipe so I've been biding my time, looking through recipe books to see if one caught my eye.

In the end it wasn't a recipe book that caught my imagination, but Mary Berry's TV show and in a fantastic twist of fate, the recipe is on youtube and so simple that anyone with basic cooking skills could make it.

Sadly, my small container garden is no where near as productive as I need it to be to provide a couple of kilos of veggies, but we do live very close to a market and so as I was spending my Saturday morning driving children to where they needed to be, my husband was sent on a mission to the markets with a long list of vegetables and spices to purchase.
Making any preserve is a long and satisfying project so you do need to set aside a couple of hours while pots of lovely vegetables and spices simmer gently on the stove.

In the end, the chutney smelled divine and I filled every jar I had to the brim.  Mary says it will last up to two years, but given how delicious it is, in this household I don't think we'll be having to worry about use by dates.

Happy preserving


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