Thursday, 11 November 2010
Christmas chutney (preparing for Christmas 3)
Following on from the success of the mincemeat making that I wrote about the other week, this weekend I returned to Nigella, this time to her Christmas book, and decided to make Christmas chutney. I'd spotted Christmas chutney in Marks and Spencers earlier in the week; we had it last year and it enlivened our usual cheese sandwiches a treat, but it was a little pricey and I didn't have room in my shopping bag that day. So when I saw Nigella's recipe and realised that I had ALL of the ingredients already in my cupboard, I thought I should give it a go.
And here it is!
It's similar to this recipe, I can't find the one I used online, but mine involved some dates, orange juice and zest, and frozen rather than dried cranberries. Although masked by a strong smell of vinegar, it did have a lovely Christmassy smell whilst boiling. I only made a half quantity but still got 6 jars out of it. Unfortunately the chutney has to mature for 2 months (made it just in the nick of time) so I hope it tastes ok. Or it will be back to Marks and Spencers.