29 September 2011

Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

Firstly I just wanted to remind you about my new website. It's the first time I've done something like this so I would really appreciate your feedback! You can find it here.

Anyhoo...





When we came back from holiday all I wanted to do was get the veg patch sorted out again. A few plants had flourished and produced A LOT of veg...others did not do so well and died down.




We harvested a lot of medium sized King Edward Potatoes.




Something that did fairly well was the Tomatoes. A mistake we made with these was that we planted to many plants too close together...meaning not a lot of them got sunlight. After a closer look at the plant we could see mostly Green Tomatoes, some of which were going bad, so we had to use them up quickly!




 


A great way to use up Green Tomatoes is in the form of Chutney. Chutney goes with cheese, sandwiches, cold meat, in burgers, with dinner...the options are endless. It can store really well too if it is prepared and sealed correctly. That way you can use your harvest throughout the year and even into next year. 


Green Tomato Chutney 
(Sourced from here)

This makes around 7-10 medium sized jars.

Ingredients:
  • 2.5kg green tomatoes, roughly chopped (I used some red ones to bulk  it up a bit)
  • 0.5kg onions, finely sliced
  • 4 tsp / 30g salt
  • 1L malt vinegar
  • 0.5kg soft light brown sugar
  • 250g sultanas, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp / 20g ground pepper
I prefer a bit of spice in chutneys so I added a little ground ginger and paprika also.

You will also need:
  • Preserving pan or other large lidless pan
  • 7 - 10 jars with lids
  • Food wrap / cling film (to seal the jars)
  • Sticky labels



Method:


Slice your onions and washed green tomatoes, cutting out any bad bits. Add to a large bowl and stir. Add the 4 teaspoons of salt, stir again and then cover with food wrap or a large plate and leave overnight. (Make sure you do this as it draws out the excess water from the Tomatoes).







Once left over night, Place the litre of vinegar into a large pan. Add the 500g of light brown soft sugar and stir over a medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved & bring to the boil. 

 Roughly chop Sultanas and add them to the vinegar. Bring to a gentle boil.


Drain the Tomato and Onion mixture (do not rinse!!) and add to the vinegar mixture. Then add the pepper and any chosen spices you wish to add. Stir.


Once all the ingredients are in the pot, gently boil for 1-2 hours (stiring every now and then so it doesn't burn at the bottom) , until the chutney has thickened and has a golden appearance in colour. You will know that it is definitely done when you drag a wooden spoon down the middle of the chutney and you can see the bottom of the pan for atleast 5-10 seconds.


Now is the time to get your jars ready and sterilized. Wash your jars thoroughly with hot water and soap. Then set your oven to a medium heat and place jars upside down in the oven for 5 minutes. They will be HOT to handle after five minutes so ensure you are wearing oven gloves.

Spoon the chutney into the sterilized jars and place two layers of cling film over the top of the jars (this acts as a seal). Allow to cool, add sticky labels saying whats in the jar and when it was made, and place the lid on top.


You can either eat the Chutney now OR allow it to mature for a week or so (which is what I have done).







YUMMY!





 I'm really glad I made this as it saved me from throwing away the sharp green tomato glut we had. I'm definitely going to make some more next year and possibly give some away as gifts to loved ones.


Tell me what you think!


Gemma x

P.S - I forgot to tell you about the Blog at Town and Country.com ! I've started to contribute to their blog on a monthly basis (how exciting!) so keep an eye out for my posts : ) Here is my first one

27 September 2011

FINALLY finished my website!

I am really excited to show you my new website

 
After a long month or so of designing and editing and uploading it is finally done and ready for people to browse through my items. I'm continuing to sell on other websites but having my own website allows me to have A LOT more freedom and fun.

Some offers:

FREE UK mainland P&P on ALL my items (but we do also ship internationally!)

Promotional offer : FREE Hanging Decoration of your choice when you purchase anything over £10. Simply message me through PayPal with your choice of hanging decoration! Ends OCT 1st.


I've added Christmas items and am hoping to add lots of bundle offers.

Please take a look at it and tell me what you think!

Gemma xXx

21 September 2011

Florida 2011 part 2

Whilst we were away in Florida we went to the Disney parks and did a few other attractions. I guess when you're in Orlando you feel slightly obliged to go to one of the most magical places on earth!

It is really difficult to choose a favourite Disney park. Each add something different to your holiday...scenery being one of them.

I think the one I enjoyed the most was Animal Kingdom.










This really reminds me of Where's Wally/ Where's Waldo!




What I love about Animal Kingdom is that you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. My nut allergy really limits which countries I can travel to because of the language barrier so I let my imagination run wild here. 





The best rides in Animal kingdom were the Safari, the river rapids and It's a bug life 3D.

Another park I enjoyed and found quite educational was Epcot.

Half of the park is full of different rides and the other half is the 'World Showcase'. Around a huge lake are pavilions that represent each country. The architecture of each building was so realistic..again it made me feel like I was in each country..just a tad hotter than it would be in some of them!



Italy

Morocco



I really love these lanterns!

This was part of France lol

England


China

It was really interesting to look at the aesthetic differences between the buildings!

In the evening Epcot has a huge firework display on the lake which is literally breathtaking and basically tells a story of how our cultures all come together in peace (That's what I gathered from it anyway!). The only thing that wasn't good about it was the rush to the exit afterwards..it was like a stampede!

Some of the best rides in Epcot are Soaring, Living with the land and Test Track (especially in the evening!).

Hope your having a great Wednesday!

Gemma x

19 September 2011

Florida 2011 part 1

I've been away these past two weeks in sunny Kissimmee, Florida.

Oh Boy.

Do I miss it...

I've been before but each time I go it's just as fantastic. I went with my family & Ian. We shared a lovely villa down this picturesque street. The weather was hot with the occasional (but typical) storm.

Our Villa

The street reminds me of Wisteria Lane in Desperate Housewives!



It was just what we all needed.





 We swam (a lot), we ate (a lot), we shopped (a lot). We visited Mickey and Minnie Mouse...it was great.

I really do not like flying so I just wanted to get the flight there out of the way. I wish I was one of those people who can sleep on board but I'm not. The time would fly by. 


Instead I settled for watching a few films on the seat TV's which helped a bit. 

Sleepy!
Once we landed I was happy and the holiday began!



On the first day we took it easy. Getting used to the time difference meant that we were up really early so we were tired!


A great place to go for something to do is Downtown Disney.




A free boat service runs across the lake which we took advantage of a lot (very refreshing). There are lots of restaurants, cafes, live music and shops including an all year christmas shop.



When we last visited we discovered this FABULOUS sandwich shop called Earl of Sandwich. They do toasted sandwiches with lots of fresh ingredients and are great with my allergy...



SO GOOD!

Soon after we headed back to the Villa for a swim. I'm telling you that pool was heaven after a boiling hot day walking around Disney parks!


Some sunbathing was a must!




That evening we went to the Outback Steakhouse..another great place to eat! I always always always have 'Alice Springs Chicken'...it rocks my socks!





The honey mustard is just WOW (want to replicate it!) and there garlic mash is so comforting (really want to make some of my own).


My blog is where I record my memories so I'm going to have to bore you with more holiday posts these next few days..I hope you don't mind : )



Thanks for reading!

Gemma x

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