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
500g sugar
1 litre of brown vinegar
250g raisins
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.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. Scary when the lines of communication are disrupted by something faceless- hope everything rights itself soon, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Kate, I’m quite a basket-case this morning 😦

  2. leigh says:


  3. deepercolors says:

    You always manage to find something yummy sounding for ever occasion. Even the crazy ones. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Helps me maintain my sanity 😉

  4. I can’t even get INTO MWEB to my mail. A real pain

    I thought that looked yummy until I spied what looks like that dread of the plate – a brussels sprout!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a baby cabbage ;p

  5. souldipper says:

    Yikes, Cin. Pure crapola. I admire that you cook when you are upset instead of eat. Much better for the ol’ bod.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, I do eat, believe me 😉

  6. Tandy says:

    I used the chutney for my babotie the other night 🙂 Hope your email gets sorted out soon #frustration

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very frustrating 😦

  7. I would have a screaming fit if my email misbehaved like that!
    Thrilled that your friend shared her recipe!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am rather mad, Mandy, going to dash off to the chemist and get myself some Calmettes.

  8. He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lovely quote 🙂

  9. Supa says:

    I’m so pleased you are enjoying it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m almost facing an empty jar and quite alarmed at having to wait 6 weeks for my next fix! Thanks so much, it really is a winner.

  10. Supa says:

    Do you steam the baby cabbage?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes 🙂 Not for very long, I like it crunchy.

  11. MissChris says:

    Mmmmm that roast looks devine! Just a pity about that ugly green ball!! 🙂
    Hugs Cin

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sis Chris, you and Sidey are being very rude about my little cabbage ;p

  12. nursemyra says:

    wow! you can even make a Brussels Sprout look delicious

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Myra xxx

  13. Tilly Bud says:

    Pleeeeease can I come for dinner? I promise to eat every sprout on my plate (I love them).

    Hope you get your email sorted; do you know how it happened?

    1. theonlycin says:

      No idea, Tilly, I am holding on the phone at the moment with the call-centre techie people. Have had to deleted everything that was sitting on the server, so any new mail since Saturday has disappeared *sob*

  14. granny1947 says:

    Ok…Now I understand why I am getting dozens of notifications from you!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry 😦 I want to cry …

  15. Rosemary says:

    That is a good chutney. Mrs Balls replaced by Mrs Greens! Yummy, I have to try this recipe, been looking for one : “Desperately Seeking Susan’s Chutney”

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha, you’re a hoot!

  16. nrhatch says:

    Ack . . . computer’s on the fritz with web connections running amuk. 😦

    Mmm . . . curry and chutney. Perfect together.

    Here’s to making that retrograde renogade behave.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s still not fixed, I need a stiff drink 😦

  17. SuziCate says:

    When all else fails, cook…and always fell free to send me the samples!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      If only you were closer 🙂

  18. bandsmoke says:

    Congrats on the catering success and what a delish looking dish, clever girl is that from up the hill. How about fresh crusty bread with a strong cheddar and a dollop of that gorgeous goo – heaven 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, from her up the hill, the one who’s partial to Zesty White 😉

  19. gospelwriter says:

    Dreadful about the email hacking – god, Cindy, what a mess! 😦 Hope it gets sorted soon…

    1. theonlycin says:

      So do I, Ruth, it’s bloody awful 😦

  20. I absolutely adore a good chutney, but I’ve never made my own. The best jarred chutney that I’ve ever had to date, and that I still buy occasionally, when I can afford it is “Major Grey’s Mango Chutney.” I wonder if the recipe above would approximate it if I substituted chopped mango for the tomatoes? What do you think?

    1. nrhatch says:

      PTC ~ I have a terrific and easy recipe for a pineapple chutney and I’m sure that substituting in mango would work.

      I’ll post it soon.

      As far as converting Cindy’s recipe ~ look at a jar of the mango chutney and check the ingredients. I’m guessing that many of the ingredients overlap but there’s probably no celery or chili in Earl Grey’s.

      1. That’s Maajor Gray, aand not the Earl! Decidedly different chaps, I expect! i don’t have a jar on hand but the ingredients look very similar to my memory if them.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Between the two of you … just hurry up and post that recipe, Nancy!

      3. nrhatch says:


        The primary difference in seasoning ~ no celery or chili in the pineapple chutney ~ curry, cloves, and cayenne instead.

        My apologies to both the Major and the Earl . . . just a slip of the wrist that went unnoticed. I adore Major Gray’s chutney with a cuppa the Earl’s tea. I would hate for either to think that I didn’t appreciate their individual contributions to the culinary arts.

      4. theonlycin says:

        *Runs off to buy tinned pineapple*

  21. slpmartin says:

    I suppose this is a bit heavy for brunch…but it looks great!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The bread and cheese with chutney that Bandsmoke suggests should do fine for brunch 🙂

  22. I’m slowly disengaging from the Old Person’s roast spiders. Ahem. The chutney looks delicious! I hope your email account gets over its problem. The other night mine said I had 46 emails when I had about four. Now you see ’em; now you don’t. It seems to have recovered from its madness. Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also have a problem with the spiders 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the pingback, Nancy 🙂

  23. nrhatch says:

    Cindy, here’s a recipe blog hop you might want to join sometime:

    It’s run by runninggarlic:

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, it looks great!

  24. i’m never really understood what chutney is. i have however always thought is was a great word. thank u for celebrating it w us today.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My brother, as a small boy, called it chuck-knee 😉

  25. Yep. Recently had some IT problems & now I’ve signed up for IT Anonymous…, well., I would if they had one 🙂 I never knew anything could send me off into a cold swet & hand wringing mess wanting…, no… make that *needing* to ring up my Mr & make him come home from work early & fix the dam thing (it seriously didn’t make any sense to me that he just said “Oh, I’ll look at it for you when I get home OK”…. what the….!!!! didn’t he realise my computer didn’t work……
    apparently not 😉
    Nothing else for it. IT Anon here I come.

  26. Kavita says:

    Mmmmm…. me loviez chutney!!
    We Indians make a lot of those with coconut as the main ingredient.. and with tomato/coriander/chilli (red) as some of the possible variables… the list is endless! And so is my love for chutney! 🙂

  27. Jamie Dedes says:

    Email. Horrid.
    Chutney. Delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The email situation is happily resolved. Alas, the chutney jar is empty 🙂

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