How on earth did I get from this:
might remain a mystery for a long time unless it was a case of beginner's luck and a little pinch of mischief (well, quite a big dose of mischief) taking liberties with a recipe written by the revered old dame of preserves, Marguerite Pattern
This Green Apple Chutney now with Lazy Ginger is just to die for. I was thinking of giving it away during the festive season but unless Christmas is bought forward by a few months, I don't fancy the chances of friends, acquaintances and these who helped with the allotment to get their hands on one of these jars.
This chutney has a sharp taste however the vinegar comes through only slightly. The sharpness of the green tomatoes and vinegar combined is rounded by the addition of apples which are of the eating kind not the cooking one and by the fact that the sugar went in the mix from the start. Yes, you read correctly, whereas recipes usually add the sugar at the end of the process, I did at the beginning. Why? simply because I lost my concentration, realised my mistake straight away but the sugar was already sinking among the ingredients and try to fish sugar grains in the midst of chopped tomatoes, sliced onions and grated apple....
There is no denying that making chutney is a longish process so first of all, turn the radio on. Tune in with me here and here is my version of Green Tomato Chutney which I like so much that I am entering it in "a Taste of Tomato" a blog competition organised by lovethegarden.com.
Green Tomato Chutney with GingerIngredients900g green tomatoes
1 tbsp lazy ginger +
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ginger
450g apples (cooking) weight when peeled & cored
450ml malt (I used distilled white malt vinegar)
half to 1 teaspoon mixed spice
salt & pepper to taste
Chop and core the tomatoes
Chop the onions finely and dice the apples
Put all the ingredients & seasoning in a pan and bring to the boil
Simmer until tender stirring from time to time until consistency of hot jam (took about 1hour )
Spoon into hot sterilised jars and seal down with waxed circles.