Thursday, 25 October 2012

Deep Chutney

Oh dear!  I was in deep chutney this week with Darling Husband owing to a bit of a mishap when making a batch of Green Tomato Chutney.  Had a huge glut of tomatoes from the greenhouse which unfortunately refused to ripen, or fortunately if like me you love Green Tomato Chutney.   It takes me back to childhood as I remember my Mum used to make a delicious Green Tomato Chutney giving it a bit of a kick with a touch of curry powder.  I didn't have my Mum's original recipe but found one of James Martin's on the BBC website. The recipe looked a doddle starting off with melting sugar in a saucepan until melted and caramelised.  Shades of the Great British Bake Off technical challenge here where scant recipe instructions are given and you have to guess the rest so wasn't very impressed with Mr Martin.

Now, sugar takes on a life of its own when it reaches boiling point and it seemed like Vesuvius was erupting on my stove top.  Needless to say it all started to burn and coagulate so I ditched James Martin's recipe and ditched the burnt sugar, down the sink. Big mistake!!  Molten toffee and plastic pipes don't mix.

After DH carried out a lengthy investigation worthy of Leveson Enquiry proportion, on who and what caused the leak, I'm afraid the blame was laid very firmly at my door.  In my defence though, thanks to Delia saving the day we now have a year's supply of delicious green tomato chutney and can look forward to sampling it, once it's matured, with cold turkey at Christmas. 

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