Tandy’s seasonal ingredient challenge for the week is ‘APPLES’:

Although she instructed a ‘bake’ I didn’t have the time to think of something to bake, but I have to feed my family, no matter the panic my deadline is causing.  I’ve been strict about spending at least two hours at the end of the day with them, putting work out of my mind and having a good meal with them.

I’d defrosted a pork fillet for last night’s supper and Tandy’s challenge presented the perfect solution to the wrinkling apples in my fruit bowl: a chutney to go with the meat.  Preparation took me all of 5 minutes and the cooking could be left unattended; I put in on the stove at 6am and simply left it to simmer for two hours, while I worked in my study, just returning to the kitchen occasionally to give it a stir and refill my coffee cup.


6 red apples, scored and chopped

1 fennel bulb, chopped, including stems and fronds

4 sticks celery, chopped

1 sweet red chilli

2 hot green chillis (I wanted a very spicy chutney to steam away my flu)

1 tablespoon chopped ginger


2 cups brown sugar

2 cups brown vinegar

1 Bay leaf


The end result is a thing of beauty; I plan to have some with my cheddar sandwich later.


43 Comments Add yours

  1. too hot for me, but it sounds great otherwise

    1. theonlycin says:

      It went down a treat with the tin-throated spouse 😉

  2. deepercolors says:

    God, that sounds good and I am not all that fond of apples. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve decided this is the way I like my apples 🙂

  3. Rosemary says:

    Lovely, a perfect dish – minimum fuss : maximum flavour. Enjoy the cheese sarmie.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And it keeps for a while in the fridge, so it’ll come in good use on Braai Day!

  4. Tandy says:

    oh yum, I really like this recipe and have mentally filed it away for trying – thanks for once again participating in the challenge 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the constant inspiration, Tandy.

  5. Madmom says:

    Yums – on top of a melted cheese sarmie for me please!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *sends off a jar to Northcliff*

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Perfect for Pork! I will make it for sarmies as I mostly live on cheese/tomatoes/ham toasted sarmies for lunches… great, thanks Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think a batch would keep for a while in the fridge.

  7. Supa says:

    Oh yes please!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *makes note to send a bottle off to PMB*

  8. MissChris says:

    Only one word – yum!!!

      1. justchef says:

        *adds sweet chilli to shopping list*

  9. justchef says:

    I want some too!!!!! This looks SO delicious. I would leave the chillis out though – don’t think Little Madam would be impressed!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe just a sweet chilli then?

      1. justchef says:

        Oh crap! I replied to the wrong comment LOL

  10. Robin Hawkins says:

    Looks duh-vine doll. Just popping in to say hi.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hey you, long time … thanks for popping in.

  11. Bee says:

    I see the fennel love creeping in! Sounds very yummy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Think I will plant some in my garden 😀

  12. thysleroux says:

    This sounds droolalicious! I will send it to my persoanl master chef! 😉
    I LOVE hot food! I have bottle of chillis that I regularly munch on!

    1. thysleroux says:

      Oops, sorry for the spelling mistakes! I was too hasty with the “psot” erm .. the “POST” button!

      1. theonlycin says:

        hahaha, I thought you were on the booze at this early hour 😉

  13. buttercup600 says:

    OMG…I am going to make this Cin, looks soooo delicious, dont mind a bit of heat now and then and then the option of some on a cheddar sandwich…bring it on girlfriend!!!! Merlotjie saam met dit? xoxoxoxo Love you lotssssssss xoxoxoxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Was a very tasty sarmie *big grin*

  14. slpmartin says:

    Was just sitting here trying to think of what to prepare for dinner…now I know….thank you…I was running out of ideas….hope the work is going well and that you are feeling better.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your meal turned out well, my friend.

  15. nrhatch says:

    Hope the chile’s heat
    Causes the flu to retreat
    And gets you back on your feet
    Feeling less beat 8)

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha, clever and delightful, thanks!

  16. gospelwriter says:

    Even before cooking it looks yummy…:) – hope your flu goes away right quick!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m feeling a bit more human, thanks 🙂

  17. halfp1nt says:

    Oooh, this is right up my alley with the chillies! I’m salivating 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Easy peasy to make, Shorty.

  18. lovely, Cindy. We are all stuck with green tomatoes after a terrible Summer,,,,must turn my mind to relish….

  19. Naomi says:

    Sorry to discover you’ve had the flu, Cindy! And this looks DELICIOUS…how did you get to be so clever in the kitchen?? Get better soon! xx

  20. Jamie Dedes says:

    Love the idea of the fennel in the mix. Think this is the second time recently when you’ve posted something with fennel. It’s so wonderful even raw …

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