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More Autumn Recipes : Green Tomato Chutney

20 Nov

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, we’re spending more time inside and in the kitchen.

I want to share with you what I ended up doing with all the green tomatoes I had from our tomato plant that wouldn’t ripen. We could have put them in a warm sunny room for a few weeks in an attempt to encourage them to ripen but my husband really wanted to make more chutney.

**As as side note, we cracked open the first jar of Red Tomato Chutney we made a few months back and it was gobbled up in a week! Must have been yummy!**

I searched for a suitable recipe and found that all the one’s I looked at were all based on a fairly similar theme so decided to just make my own version of this theme – mainly because I didn’t have all the ingredients for one particular recipe 🙂

I started off trying to peel the tomatoes – same as when I made the Red Tomato Chutney. I put a cross in the bottom of each tomato, put them in hot water for a minute or two then straight into cold water. Should have been simple right? Wrong! None of the skins had started to feel away on their own like the red tomatoes had so I plopped them back into hot water for another minute or two then into a bowl of cold water again. Still no sign of peeling.  Unfortunately, this meant that I spent the best part of the next hour trying to pry the skins off these completely un-helpful green tomatoes. A word of advice; don’t bother!

Aside from that the process is pretty straight forward as you’ll see below. It will still take you a few hours from start to finish but once all the stuff is in the pot and on to boil you can leave it and not think about it.

Do you have any green tomato recipes that you’d like to share?

Green Tomato Chutney

Ingredients

1 kg green tomatoes
200g onions
200g sultanas
200g cooking apples
200g sugar – I used coarse brown sugar however most recipes called for light muscovado sugar
500mL vinegar – I used apple cider vinegar with added mixed spice as most recipes called for spiced pickling vinegar

Method

Dice up the tomatoes, finely chop the onions, roughly chop the sultanas, and peel, core and chop the apples.
Put the sugar and vinegar into a large pan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Add the sultanas and apples and simmer for around 10 mins. Add the tomatoes and onions to the pan and return to the boil.
Simmer for about 1 hr, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thick and pulpy. Transfer to warmed sterilized jars and cover with lids. Store for a few months before consuming.
*The simmering took about 90 minutes for me to get a thick consistency to be prepared to wait it out!
Now you have perfect Christmas gifts!
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Homemade Tomato Chutney

20 Sep

We’ve had a rather wet week

which means that my tomatoes have not seen the sun. And with the all the rain we’ve been having my tomatoes have started to split their skins on the vine. I ended up picking just under 1kg of tomatoes. They don’t look very pretty but hey, they’re perfectly good for eating 🙂

Home Grown Organic Tomatoes

Home Grown Organic Tomatoes

Ever since we planted the tomato my husband had the idea to make a chutney. Now I don’t know the difference between a chutney or a relish or a salsa so the terms could be interchangeable depending on what part of the world you live in but this type of chunky tomatoey saucy jammy thingy is destined to be used in sandwiches, on pies or with a platter of sliced meats and cheeses. So please feel free to use whichever noun suits that purpose.

Most of the recipes I found were a base of stewed onions, tomatoes, sugar and vinegar with variations in adding other vegetables or spices so we decided to wing it (i.e. to do our own version). The quantities below made approximately 1.25L of chutney.

WARNING: This recipe requires about 90 minutes of stewing time so you should allow at least 2 hours from start to finish (I think it took us closer to 3 hours!).

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Home Grown Tomatoes

22 Aug

This post will be nothing more than me sharing my excitement in home grown tomatoes.

Regardless of the fact that my grandparents, parents and in-laws all have vegetable plots in their gardens and successfully grow tomatoes (along with many other yummy things) every year, this is my first year for attempting to grow anything edible and I am so very excited to share with you my success!! I’ve recently learned that gardening makes me happy, both from the process, the weeding and watering and dead-heading, and the results of my efforts and the reason for this post.

I’ve been growing my own tomato plant on the somewhat unsheltered balcony of our 12th floor apartment in Geneva for the last 3 months or so. It started as a 10cm plant purchased at the local hardware store to now being 1 metre in height. I’ve been diligently watering it every day, sometimes twice daily. It has weathered many storms on our balcony but after just one month we started to see a few flowers seeding to fruit. We thought we had purchased a cherry tomato plant. Boy were we wrong! “Tomate Grappe” in french purely means vine tomatoes, not grape tomatoes as we had incorrectly interpreted it to be.

But finally, after watching the first fruits grow and ripen over the last 2 months we were able to pick off 8 lovely ripe tomatoes last night.

You can see that there are still plenty more tomatoes to come so be on the look out for some tomato recipes coming soon 🙂

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