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Tue 19-Feb-13
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brambleberry
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I have a great recipe for Mango chutney. The hardest part is getting the mango flesh off the stone! I usually add a few raisins but they are optional.

 

3 large mangoes, peeled and coarsley chopped

1/2 cup apple juice

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (or other vinegar)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion (or any onion)

1 tsp. ginger peeled, grated

1/4 tsp. cardomon

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

 

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until mango is soft and most of liquid is absorbed. Stir frequently to avoid sticking. Pour into sterilized jars and seal tightly. Store in fridge after opening. Great with roast lamb or in sandwiches.

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Tue 19-Feb-13
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I usually have a jar of homemade pickled beets in the fridge. Beets are usually quite cheap, especially in winter when other vegetables are more expensive. They go well with all kinds of meat and other savoury meals.

 

Trim beets and wash. In saucepan, cover beets with water and simmer until fork tender. Drain and, when cool, peel and slice into 1/2cm. slices. Pack into sterilized pint jars. Add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tbspn. sugar to each jar. For larger jars, increase quantities in the same proportion.

 Boil, for 1 minute, enough cider vinegar and water (2 parts vinegar to 1 part water) to cover the beets and fill the jars. Pour over beets and seal. Store in fridge after opening.

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Tue 19-Feb-13
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What are beets for us Brits?mis it beetroot, or something different ?

Wed 20-Feb-13
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Certainly sounds like beetroots - I have seen in the supermarket that there are beetroots in vinegar, but also sweetened beetroots - perhaps it is the latter in this recipe....

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Wed 20-Feb-13
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Beetroot, Janet.  In North America they are sold with the leaves intact which are delicious used as a green vegetable.  I wish we could buy them here.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Feb-13
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The ones I buy are the older (or should I say "more mature") beetroots without their leaves as they are cheaper but still good for pickling.

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Mon 11-Mar-13
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Just got this recipe from a cooking show site. Haven't tried it myself but it looked really appetizing!

 

Winter Fruit Chutney

 

3/4 cup (175 mL) quartered pitted prunes

3/4 cup (175 mL) quartered apricots

1 onion, chopped

1 tart apple, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped, drained and seeded canned tomatoes

1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar

1/4 cup (60 mL) cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. (2 mL) ground ginger

1/4 tsp. (1 mL) each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

1/4 tsp. (1 mL) each salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper

 

In saucepan, bring prunes and apricots and 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 50 to 60 minutes or until thickened.

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Sat 16-Mar-13
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That sounds rather nice Chris, I shall copy it over in to my preserving book and give it a try some time, don't need to make any chutneys at the moment, got plenty, need to sort out some jams...has anyone had a go at making jam from tinned fruit?

Sat 16-Mar-13
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I have seen the odd recipe using tinned fruit but haven't done it. Have used dried and frozen fruit with good results, though ( 1kg bags of raspberries or blueberries from Makro at some £4, not bad...)

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£4 per kilo, wow I need to look out for those..

Mon 10-Jun-13
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Jan, I saw this recipe, and I think I will try it - mmmm, sounds gorgeous - I also think it would make a good seller on your stall. 'Tis the season for strawberries (or should be!).

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Mon 10-Jun-13
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Any idea where to get the elderflower cordial? Or something else to use as a substitute.

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Mon 10-Jun-13
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Chris, it is easily available in the shops in the UK! wink

It is the season for elderflowers at the moment, which is why I was looking for a recipe as there is a large display in the field currently - and there are lots of recipes available to make your own elderflower cordial – though I haven't tried to make it. (My daughter has made it and very successfully too.)

I found this – not sure if it is possible for you to buy in Toronto, but this is the same make as we have in the UK.

Sorry, I'm not being much help am I? doh

I have found this, Chris, apparently IKEA sell it (didn't know that!), but on this link there are other suggestions too.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858078

Good Luck.

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Mon 10-Jun-13
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Thanks, that's very helpful. I should have tried the search myself.

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Am longing to get home to make my elder flower cordial. The trees were just starting to flower. It is very easy to make, once home I will dig out my recipe and post it.

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