There was an Old Person of Putney,
Whose food was roast spiders and chutney,
Which he took with his tea,
within sight of the sea,
That romantic Old Person of Putney.”
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his ‘literary nonsense’ & limericks
It seems that Mercury is, in fact, in retrograde, despite my having solved the problems of my non-working kitchen appliances. My email account appears to have been hacked and now my inbox is attempting to re-download each and every email I have ever received. This has made me quite hysterical and – with an editing deadline looming – I escaped to my kitchen and cooked. As one does to stave off a heart attack.
My foodie friend Sue recently gave me a jar of her home made chutney, which I have been enjoying with everything lately. She’s been very kind and given me her recipe:
2 kg green tomatoes
3 onions chopped
1 litre of brown vinegar
250ml thinly sliced celery
1 Chilli (not chopped, just put in whole)
1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger.
Good grind of salt & pepper
Roughly cut the tomatoes and onions and put them into a large pan with the rest of the ingredients.
Bring to a boil stirring regularly so the sugar doesn’t catch.
Reduce to a simmer
Simmer for about an hour and a half, giving it a stir every now and then.
When it starts to thicken and the mixture is a little wetter than you want, take it off the heat.
You do this as it will thicken more in the jar over time.
(I took the chilli out before putting the relish into jars)
Leave for 6 – 8 weeks, I tried after 2 and it was good but it does get yummier over time.