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When you get home and find carrier bags full of gifts you know you have good neighbours! I found some carrier bags brimming with fruity fun all ready for traditional bottling at its best.

Gifts are great! You should always make the most of them so I set to work making some chutney and here is the weird thing folks there is no recipe!

It is cooking by photos wild cooks so we can tinker and fix this recipe depending on what we can find in the hedgerow or in my case what my neighbours leave hung on the back door.

Julia, my neighbour’s Mum, has a massive apple tree and I have eaten these yummy apples many times.  It made sense to make chutney when Margaret, another neighbour, left me a bag laiden with green tomatoes. So here we go Chutney from the store cupboard. Here is what I found….

Green tomato and Apple gifts -Yipee!

Green tomato and Apple gifts -Yipee!

Next chop your onions, ginger, garlic and a little chilli.

 So fry off some onions, chilli, ginger and garlic in a little vegetable oil without any colour then add sugar, smoked paprika, vinegar, water and salt.Stirring in the brown sugar

Smoked Paprika for some depth of flavour

Smoked Paprika for some depth of flavour

Add fruit vinegar (or white wine vinegar)- we are using fruit-Lemon, basil and bay.

Adding the salt

Adding the salt

Check the seasoning and make sure there is enough sugar and a good balance of vinegar.

Then pour the chutney into the sterilised jars (simply wash in boiling hot water dry off). Seal the lids by heating them in boiling hot water to soften the seal and then screw the lid on tightly. Add a label of your choice but remember the chutney is best left a moth or two before eating.

Once open always place in the fridge.

Happy chutney making without a recipe! (Live life on the edge!)

Steph x

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BlackberriesAs the nights start to get a little chilly and the days become shorter, the hedgerow gives us food to bottle and preserve in abundance.

Not only are the last few blackberries crying out to be made into bramble jam, but apples, tomatoes and pears are ready for chutney!

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