Thursday, 4 August 2011

Courgette chutney

Faced with another pile of courgettes and French beans that are coming faster than we can eat them,  I decided to make some chutney to preserve the taste of summer for the colder months.  I've got a few books on preserves and found a recipe for Chunky Courgette Chutney in  "Jams and Chutneys" by Thane Prince, which I adapted a bit.  I like the way the book is organized with each fruit or veg' having it's own section so you can see a few ideas for the same product together.

Here's the pile of veg ready to go.

In the pan with onions, garlic, ginger, and spices

And then with the sultanas and vinegar.

Yum, looks pretty!

I cooked this for a while and added the sugar and salt and then left it to simmer for about an hour.  The book says it needs about 1/2 an hour but it was still very liquid so I left it longer. It could have done with more really, but I didn't want the courgettes to turn to mush.   It's actually turned out more like a pickle with the veg still having some "bite" and tastes fantastic.  Would be great with cheese or cold meats or with sausage and mash.

Here's the quantities I used.

Courgettes.  800g  diced
French beans.  300g  chopped
Red onions.  4  diced
Sultanas.  220g
Soft brown sugar.  380g
Cider vinegar.  500ml
Garlic cloves.  4  crushed
Root ginger.  100g  chopped
Mustard seeds.  2tsp
Coriander seeds.  1 1/2 tbsp crushed
Mixed peppercorns.  1 tbsp
Chilli flakes.  Pinch
Bay leaves.  A few
Salt.  1 tbsp
Chopped fennel.  3 tbsp (add near the end of cooking)

Potted into clean jars, ready to store away.

Someone was feeling the heat yesterday!  Not very elegant, but she seems to find it comfy!

Love This article in the Daily Mail today.  Photos of families at the seaside from the 1920s onwards.  Check out the '60s couple near the end of the article with their suits and her pearl necklace!  Bit of a difference from the modern pic's.


    Wish i had a glut of courgettes, def planting for next year :D
    Hugs Karen x

  2. Oooh! Yum yum! What a great use of courgettes! Love the picture of Lottie my greyhound relaxes in just the same way, but he takes up more of the sofa!

  3. This looks and sounds so yummy. I keep those jam jars with the red and white checkered lids for homemade jam, tea leaves and “cake in the jar”. Your hound has a cute speckled tummy, I love those ;-) , my “white girls” have them, too.

  4. Sounds lovely, found the recipe at the right time as our beans are coming along faster than we can eat them.