HOW DID IT HAPPEN
A few weeks ago, my former flatmate, Nick, was traveling across the UK and he asked to a bunch of friends to look after his garden. Even the fact to be in London, the varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables are pretty decent. To optimize the space available in his back garden, he is using the roof to put roughly 12 tomato plants – MY FAVOURITE!
The weather has been good to the crops this summer and while Nick and his wife, Verity, were away and unable to pick the tomatoes, he generously offered that I can go and help myself. What a brilliant idea! When the word ‘tomato’ is mentioned, many food ideas cross my mind!!
LONG STORY SHORT
I like using tomatoes in my recipes for many reasons. I like the acidity, the sweetness, the colors, the freshness and the possibility of creating a dish in just a few minutes.
Kate Middleton offered a jar of her homemade tomato chutney to the Queen a few Christmas ago and I love the idea of offering an homemade recipe to my friends and family. The joy of opening a jar of homemade tomato chutney is priceless. You can use how you like, but for me, I like it to accompany a few slices of cheese.
The sharpness and the sweet flavour are the perfect combo to go with most cheeses, whether a ripe Stilton or a mature Cheddar. I also like to use it in a sandwich but wait until tomorrow to see how I make a really tasty toasty with only a couple of ingredients.
Although my tomato chutney hasn’t been approved (yet) by your feedback, my friends and family are delighted to have a jar in their fridge to use and enjoy!
This tomato chutney is so easy to make – all the ingredients are chucked into one pan and simmered slowly. The final result is a rich and tasty preserve that will go wonderfully with a toastie cheese, for example.
I like getting ready with all the ingredients before starting a recipe. So, the most important items that this tomato chutney requires (besides tomatoes!) is a spice bag which includes a couple of star anise, 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds and 5 leaves of sage.
Ingredients: 1 kg of tomatoes, 3 white onions (peeled and chopped), 3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped), 200g light brown sugar, 250ml red wine vinegar, sterilized jars and the spice bag.
Method: Put all the ingredients in a large, heavy-based pan. Bring to the boil slowly, stirring occasionally to help the sugar dissolve, then simmer for 1½ hours, or longer, stirring occasionally until it becomes thick and jam-like. Spoon into sterilised jars, cover and seal.
Store one week before eating. Eat within 3 weeks.
A couple of red peppers can be added to give more texture.
A chopped fresh red chilli can be added to give a kick to the chutney.
This is a link to a quick and easy method to make a spice bag.
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