Chilli Jelly -Choose your weapon…

I’ve a freezer full of chillies which I just won’t get through, so what better thing to do that make chilli jelly – perfect for Christmas stocking fillers! But wait – which chillies to use?  I have vast array of varieties and this recipe can be adapted for all.  In due course I’ll make a…

Spicy Pepper Relish

A full flavoured pepper pickle ideal for everyday use on sandwiches, or as a polite condiment.  The fine texture makes this ideal for spreading but prepare the peppers by hand for a more chunky version.  This makes for a warming heat – adjust the quantity of chillies up or down to taste.  The cayenne-type chillies…

Alex’s “Larkin” Jelly

Larkin is my pet Chilli!  I’ve grown him in my bedroom for the last 2 years, and he’s so big he now touches the ceiling.  He’s a Bishop’s Crown Chilli and has very pretty fruit which I like to eat whole (I really like chilli!), but Daddy says that Larkin has had his day, and…

Green Jalapeno Jelly

What better way to preserve that rich green intensity of my unripe jalapeños than in a fruity jelly?  What’s more, it’s also helping me get through some of my many cooking apples. As this is a pectin free recipe, we need to follow a 2 stage process – the first of which is to make the…

Fruity Festive Chutney

So you’ve used half of your pumpkin on creating the Caribbean Pumpkin & Habanero pickle – what are you going to do with the rest?  In an attempt to demonstrate that 2 very similar recipes can give oh, so different outcomes, have a go at this!  A wonderful fruity chutney which will be perfect in…

Caribbean Pumpkin & Habanero Pickle

A wonderful medium-hot pickle that’s just perfect with cheese, salads and cold meat.  Use a good quality pumpkin to get the most amazing colours and flavours! I’ve used a ‘Crown Prince’ variety, which holds its shape well during cooking.  I’ve also used 3 ‘Paper Lantern’ habanero chillies – these tend to be a little less…

Caramelised Red Onion & Chilli Pickle

And for exactly the same reasons I made the Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney, I’ve made this batch of Red Onion and Chilli pickle.  This is quite a bit hotter if you make it with 4 chillies, and is great to accompany sausages! The balsamic vinegar adds the to rich effects of the caramelisation, but…

Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney

It’s that time of year again – as the summer draws to an all too abrupt end, the garden is overflowing with more fresh produce than you can shake a stick at.  The efforts of a hard years graft realised, but it’s just too much to consume as fresh.  Freezer full, friends and neighbours provided…

Spicy End of Summer Tomato Chutney

  Of course, sticking with the traditional family recipes is all very well, but every now and then there’s a need to try something new.  Based around a recipe of Nigel Slaters, this recipe adds a bit of a kick from a great ‘Umba’ Chilli – you can use an alternative Scotch Bonnet or Habanero,…

Little Nanna’s Green Tomato Chutney

As far as pickles go, this is where it all started for me.  A really simple recipe handed down through the generations (-well, generations of in-laws, at least). It’s that time of year when the nights are closing in, the weather’s even wetter and colder than it was in the ‘summer’, and what’s left of…

Fruity Hot Sauce – Peaches and Scream!!!

Mango, Peach & Fatalii Chilli Sauce – the hottest, fruitiest sauce in my kitchen! Fatalii peppers are just perfect for this sauce, bringing a really citrussy zing along with its scorching heat.  This is amazing stuff, and not for the faint hearted (or the weak hearted, for that matter).  Use anywhere where you need both…

Beetroot & Balsamic Relish

The last of 3 Beetroot Relish recipes uses grated beetroot and a drier mixture.  This provides for a more versatile pickle for use in sandwiches and the like.  The Balsamic vinegar adds depth and a sweetness Fills about 3 * 1lb jars Ingredients  1kg Beetroot, cooked 1 large Red Onion 1tbsp Olive Oil 100g Golden…

Beetroot & Ginger Relish

The second of 3 Beetroot Relish recipes uses a much wetter mixture, providing more ‘zing’ from the vinegar, raw beetroot and a higher proportion of apple.  The ginger provides the interest here, and is much more subtle than the chilli version!  This makes for my personal favourite of all 3 recipes. Fills about 6 *…

Beetroot & Chilli Relish

The first of 3 Beetroot Relish recipes, in my quest to make this amazing vegetable last through the winter months and into next season!  My beetroot relish experiment uses different combinations and proportions of ingredients and different cooking methods to try and establish the best relish recipe! This recipe uses an orange beetroot, ‘Burpees Golden’,…

How to make… Wholegrain Mustard

I love mustard, and get through jars of the stuff as it forms an essential component in my ham sandwiches I take daily to work.  Wholegrain has always been my favourite, for no other reason that it’s really versatile.  Not too hot, not too mild, not too yellow, nice texture, great in sauces.  Although I…

Make your own… Horseradish Sauce

Fresh horseradish is great – much better than the stuff you get in jars. It has a whole range of uses – not just for roast beef.  Horseradish isn’t often seen in mainstream UK supermarkets, but can be found in farm shops or you can grow your own.  If you don’t know what to look…

Sweet Chilli Sauce

This is a ‘Thai style’ sweet chilli dipping sauce – once you’ve made this, you’ll never fork out for a bottle in the supermarket again.  again, another simple sauce which keeps for a very long time.  I enjoy stirring a couple of spoons of this into my Chilli con Carne just before serving… Note: I…

Chilli Jelly

This year has been great fo my chilli harvest, and in my never ending quest for interesting ways of preserving them, I fancied trying a jam or jelly.  This recipe uses some of my cooking apples to create the basis for the jelly itself.  Cooking apples tend to contain an abundance of pectin which, along…

Leek & Chard Chutney

OK.  I promise this will be the last pickle of the year.  This was really an afterthought.  The Traffic Light Pickle generated an excess of bright pink vinegar which tasted just great.  Instead of throwing this out, I raided the garden for what on first sight may seem like a really random mix, but I…

Traffic Light Pickle

Well, that’s what it looks like now it’s been bottled, although I suspect that I’ll need a new name in a few weeks time when it turns that pickly shade of brown.  But for now, the yellow and green of the courgette and the red from the chilli, red pepper, apple and red onion have…