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.
I love books, baking and my boyfriend, and love to write about the first two. I particular love "forgotten" books, books brought out of obscurity by republication and those still languishing in obscurity. I'm currently reading my way through all of the Virago Modern Classics, but taking in other books along the way.