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Caramelised Carrot Chutney

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I love chutney, but carrot chutney is a new one for me; Marks and Spencer do an absolutely lovely Wensleydale cheese and caramelised carrot chutney sandwich that I wanted to be able to recreate at home. Carrot chutney isn’t something you can easily find, so I looked for recipes online, with not much luck. Nearly everything I found had things like sultanas added to it, which wasn’t right at all.

After a couple of experiments, I came up with this recipe. I recreated the sandwich and tried them side by side. It’s pretty damn close to the real thing. I used Wensleydale for authenticity, but this sweet chutney would go well with any salty and/or creamy cheese like feta, cheddar or goat’s cheese.

Caramelised carrot chutney

 

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Cranberry Sauce

Posted 23 December 2012 by
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Cranberry sauce is one of the staples of the modern British Christmas dinner. I made some cranberry jelly a few weeks ago which, preserved, keeps well. Now Christmas is only a few days away, it’s time to make the cranberry sauce, as an alternative.

A dish of homemade cranberry sauce

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Cranberry Jelly

Posted 7 December 2012 by
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This recipe for cranberry jelly comes from The Complete Book of Preserves and Pickles by Catherine Atkinson and Maggie Mahew. Cranberry jelly, or its relation cranberry sauce, has become a staple of the Christmas table.

Cranberries and chopped apples in a pan

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Posted 5 November 2011 by
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It’s been a while — over six months actually. I’m back with a recipe for homemade mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is really easy to make, but quite easy to messup too. Mayonnaise is a classic French “sauce” and there are loads of recipes out there. Homemade mayo is quite different from the bright white jarred stuff, and there are lots of things you can add to the basic recipe to jazz it up. I used Michel Roux’s mayonnaise recipe.

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Tangy Red Onion Chutney

Posted 28 December 2010 by
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This red onion chutney is a great basic onion chutney recipe which would probably appeal to a lot of people who don’t normally “do” chutney. It’s sweet, doesn’t have an overwhelmingly strong taste and is along the same lines as the caramelised onion chutney and red onion marmalade type things that are all the rage. This recipe is for tangy onion chutney and comes from BBC Good Food.

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Christmas Spiced Plum Chutney

Posted 13 November 2010 by
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Christmas is on its way! Forget cinnamon/pine scented candles, absolutely the most Christmassy smell I’ve ever smelled is this spiced plum chutney bubbling away on the stove. It’s got figs, oranges, cranberries and cinnamon (and plums!) and is Christmassy enough to inspire Scrooge himself to start singing “Mary’s Boy Child”. I adapted the recipe from one at Allotment Growing Recipes, but there’s also a great-looking one at Domestic Sluttery that I’ll try one day.

Chutney with a nice, sharp cheddar

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Bramble and Elderberry Jelly

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On to the next round of hedgerow jelly! I made this bramble and elderberry jelly back in September when the hedgerows were still brimming with berries. I used to love bramble jelly as a child, so I thought I’d try to recreate that. While I was foraging for blackberries, I spied an elder tree so picked some elderberries too, for a bit of a kick!

Elderberry and bramble jelly on homemade English muffins

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Hedgerow Jelly

Posted 9 November 2010 by
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Apparently, we are having a particularly bountiful autumn.  I guess we’re coming to the end of it now, and the berries left in the hedgerows are looking a bit sorry for themselves. Back in September, however, it was a different story. The hedgerows were weighed down with ripening  blackberries, rosehips, elderberries and haws. Our crab apple tree was looking beautiful, full of yellowy-pinky-red fruits. I couldn’t bear the thought of them all being kicked under the hedge or squished under car when they fell, so I decided to get jelly-making. Hedgerow jelly-making, to be precise.

Sun shining though jar of ruby-red hedgerow jelly.

Ruby-red hedgerow jelly

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