Wednesday, 5 September 2007


I made chutney for the first time yesterday! I used Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Glutney recipe from his book The River Cottage Year, (marrow, onions, apples and sultanas) but halved the amounts and ended up with 4 jars. More than enough for me, (as I'm the only one who eats it in this house) so when hubby told me he'd mentioned it to a friend at work who'd sounded interested in it, I gave hubby a jar to take in to work with him. I hope it's ok! Matt and Caroline will also get a jar, as it was the marrow they brought up from Matts mums allotment that was used (and there was still enough marrow to have sliced and roasted last night, and enough left to make a chocolate courgette cake).

Hugh says to leave it a couple of weeks before trying it which will be hard. After making it, I had a strong craving for some mature cheddar and crusty bread!

The only downside to making it, was the smell and fumes of the hot vinegar, which made my sons complain all afternoon!

Next on my list is jam. Probably blackberry and apple as we have loads of blackberries growing around our gardens and fields, as well of lots of cooking apples from hubby's parents garden. Yum!

1 comment:

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

I love chutney, I made some for the first time this summer too! Mine was red onion chutney, delicious! We have it in sandwiches and sometimes as a relish with whatever meal we're eating. We can't wait for it to mature so just eat it as soon as it's made. The vinegar smell is very strong, our eyes were streaming all afternoon but it's worth it isn't it?!
I was surprised to hear a couple of other people at work had made chutney too, I thought it wasn't something that people did these days but apparantly they're quietly doing person made rhubarb chutney, one made pear chutney and one apple chutney (he's brought me a large bag of cooking apples from his tree so I'm going to have a go at making chutney with those at the weekend. It's very satisfying to have a little stash of jars filled with home-made produce. I need to join the WI!