Monday, June 4, 2012

Chutney Report

Another Monday, the weeks seem to fly by and at times I feel I have nothing to show for all of those days. Well, thanks to you, my bloggy friends, I have some chutney on my pantry shelves. You see, I have found that if I tell you that I'm going to do something, then it pushes me to 'actually' do it.

Here is a little jar all done up and sitting on the two books that helped with the project. It started with Linsay's post, sharing a chutney recipe that originated from The New York Times Heritage Cook Book and after checking my bookshelves found that it actually lived at my house (Is it bad that I have so many cookbooks that I forget what I have?).

 I am pleased to report, the chutney turned out well, I even had it on my toast for breakfast yesterday, with a little bacon on it too, I might add. Of course, I had to test it on a Rye Crisp with a slice of Havarti cheese before I put it in the jars....just to make sure it was edible , ha!

 I did put it up in the 'old' way.. the way they still do it in many places out side of the U.S., by that I mean, you do not put it in a hot water bath after. Everything is very hot, the product is hot and the jars are sterile and hot and you fill the jars all of the way up.

 Some of you have raised eyebrows right now as I did the first time I read this on a British blog...The Quince Tree, and I left a questioning comment and in the end had a recommendation for The River Cottage Preserves Handbook. An interesting side note..When I looked the recipe up in my New York Times Heritage also left out the hot water bath method, the book was published in 1972 and my book was printed in 1980, which makes me wonder when the U.S. decided to put a halt to that.

 In the end I can report that I will make this again, with a few minor changes. I would like a bit more texture so will add more raisins and cook up more rhubarb on the side with spices and sugar and cook until just done then add it at the end.

Aren't these flowers beautiful? They are the blossoms on my sage plant that comes back year after year, no matter how bad the winter is.

I was in hopes that I would beat the rain and get out to mow the backyard right after I posted this....As you can see, it will be indoor projects today. Not to fear, I don't have to look far from where I am seated to find something to do!

Have a happy Monday. xo


Dorothy said...

Love your pictures of the raindrops on the window and the sage blossoms! Are you going to share your recipe?

vintage grey said...

Hi Sherri!! So happy your chutney came out good!! It looks yummy, and I am sure taste great with so many things!! I look forward to canning! It seems like such fun!! Have a cozy day inside!! Xo Heather

Vintage Home said...

HI Sheri...hmmm your chutney looks wonderful!
I shall have to make some!
REad your rant about google...I have yet to give in on my cell number...maybe I should move away from blogger!
Hope this finds you your banner picture! wow!

Katiebee said...

i don't think i've ever had chutney! need to put that on my list of things to try~ the sage blossoms are beautiful! ours are a much lighter shade of purple and haven't begun to bloom~ enjoy your inside time~



farmer said...

Hey Sherri!
I must say I do enjoy the book you sent me and it is the perfect time to be digging into it for rhubarb recipes.
I will be doing lots of preserving this year and freezing so when it comes time for my little Alexis to go on to solids we have our very own to feed her.
We are waiting on the rain to show up,it is needed so very badly.

Lap Dog Knits said...

Well done!!!
I've tried without success at canning (popped every jar of tomato sauce) and haven't given it another day perhaps.

Lovely flowers...and
lovely rain drops - I love rain

Sage blossoms...I do hope one day mine will bloom..hoping, hoping, hoping..enjoy the day friend!

Lola Nova said...

1. gorgeous header!
2. beautiful pictures!
3. I have yet to be brave enough to try that canning method, my Grandmothers taught me the water bath method and I've stuck with it.
4. Your chutney has a beautiful color, yum!
5. Happy Week to you!

Michelle said...

I don't think I have ever had any chutney!

Lynn said...

Glad your chutney turned out well! I remember both G-Moms's pouring 1/4" hot paraffin over jams and jellies, then washing it and reusing it! I'm telling you it's those Food Police, gotta stick their nose in everything:@)

Sandra said...

I will have to get that book. I LOVE Chutney, it's been so long since I've had any.

Love your pictures, so gorgeous :)

camp and cottage living said...

The sage is pretty. I didn't realize it had blooms.
My MIL has done her canning this way-so much simpler. The chutney sounds yummy, especially with the cheese and crackers. A hot cup of tea to go with it sounds perfect!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Beautiful post and your chutney sounds so good!
Love those pretty purple flowers too....

Monica said...

What a lovely header photo! And I love the one with the sage flowers and dill (or fennel?). The chutney looks fantastic.

lisbonlioness said...

After our glorious week of sunshine recently, all we had was clouds and rain. Indoor projects for me, too :) Love your photography, though, it makes even grey weather look fab.

D said...

Happy Tuesday to you! Love chutney of almost any kind. Last year when the apples came on and we had some extra green tomatoes... of course, apple green tomato chutney. :) I also have a cranberry orange one I've been modifying over the years; at one point I may get it right.

Beautiful photo of the the sage blossoms, and I do love that header photo.

Currently 43 here in the valley, but some blue sky, so that makes it most tolerable for me. Have yourself a wonderful week dear lady!