Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Waste not, want not

Hello again,

It has been a little while since I have been able to sit down and spend time with you all. I have been kept rather busy with Baby Suisse and a stream of visitors coming from France and the UK to marvel at the little one.

Every time I sit down to start a blog post, Baby Suisse wakes up from his nap or decides that playing alone on his mat is not fun anymore and my efforts are thwarted...fingers crossed this time...

Let me tell you about my tomato plant...

We have now moved into Autumn and while we still have a few days of sunshine every now and then, the temperatures have dropped and it is well and truly the end of the summer vegetable growing season. The tomato plant would unlikely survive the winter so I decided to scrap it but I didn't want to waste all the green tomatoes that were still on it.

One full kilogram of green cherry tomatoes...what to do?? After looking around on the internet, I came across this recipe to make green tomato chutney. The French recipe calls it a chutney but to me it is closer to relish than chutney taste-wise. But enough about semantics.

The recipe calls for green tomatoes, onions, brown sugar, cider vinegar (although I only put half of what the recipe called for), chillies (I used 2 of these from my garden)...

...cloves,laurel,coriander,salt and pepper.

Not too many ingredients (unlike my rhubarb chutney) and an easy-peasy recipe. Mix everything in a big bowl and leave to macerate for an hour.

Then cook for an hour on a medium heat,occasionally stirring before blitzing with a food processor.

Pour into sterilised jars et voilà!

It truly is delicious, best enjoyed with meat or add a spoonful to ratatouille or pasta sauce.

à bientôt :-)

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