Friday, 26 August 2011

Plum Chutney Day

Yesterday was lovely - I had one picking of plums to do something with before they went past their best. As the other trees have got larger, our Victoria plum has produced less and less fruit but this year, as with the apples and pears, there has been quite a good crop:

the 1st picking; hopefully a couple more to go

This year I decided to try out several different plum chutney recipes - I tried Delia's Spiced Plum Chutney one out a few years ago ... it was delicious, but only after about 3 years of 'mellowing'!

In the end I made a basic plum chutney, though with ginger, cinnamon, raisins, red onion, and also Delia's Doverhouse Chutney which uses not only plums, but also tomatoes and apples - both of which are in good supply here.

My first onions ever - magical!

After much 'rapid boiling' and 'slow cooking' (and some sticking to the pan - ugh!) it was ready to bottle up:

I found some label designs I'd made many years ago and scanned and printed them onto sticky backed paper - quite pleased with the Bloomsbury'ish look!

Looking forward to making the following recipes I came across: Plum and Pear Pickle, and also Plum and Bay Jam ... mmmmm!


  1. I love this time of year of year as it means lots of jam and chutney making. We recently picked lots of damsons, elderberry's and blackberry's- all ready for making jam, chutney and jelly.
    The labels look wonderful : )

  2. Yes, me too, especially chutneys and pickles. Glad you like the labels - so lovely these days, with scanners and printers, to be able to do things like that. I can never find labels I like at all.