My husband and I joke about hoping the mould was broken when Murphy was born. I mean he’s a wacky dog. It looks like the mould wasn’t broken! I have started volunteering at the local humane society by walking dogs and playing with them. There is one puppy, a very large puppy, that is just all over the place. Reminded me of how Murphy was when we first got him.
It is fun volunteering there as I get my fix for the dogs and cats without actually bringing them home. Our house is full enough!
It’s apricot season! So it’s time to make our apricot chutney. It was a shorter season than normal this year, I think because of the harsh winter. There are rumblings that we are facing another harsh winter. My tolerance for this is getting less and less!
This is done over two days, nothing too difficult but it is time consuming on some of the steps. I have no idea where we got our recipe. We have a print out but it doesn’t say who’s it is. This is our version of it.
Dice 3 1/2 pounds of apricots, 3 small onions, 5-6 garlic cloves, and 4 ounces of dates.
Place these ingredients into a big pot. Add 3 inches of fresh ginger grated, 1 1/2 teaspoons of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, 1 1/2 teaspoons of black peppercorns, 2 teaspoons of tumeric, and 2 teaspoons of mustard powder.
Add two cinnamon sticks and 1 chopped hot pepper. We used Ring O Fire from our garden. Also add 2 teaspoons of sea salt.
Add 4-6 oz of malt vinegar and bring the heat up to medium. Once it gets to a roiling simmer lower the heat to medium low. You want to stir frequently because you don’t want it to stick on the bottom. If it is dry add a bit more vinegar. Once the apricots have broken down a bit and softened add 7 oz of raisins along with the zest of 3 lemons and their juice. Our chutney got to this point at about 45 minutes but it can take up to an hour.
If the apricots are pulpy enough add 8 oz of brown sugar. Stir well and bring back up to a simmer. Once it thickens like a jam cover and remove from the heat. Allow to sit overnight. The next day add 4-6 oz of brown sugar and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. If the chutney is too stiff add a bit more vinegar. Sterilise the jars you need and then spoon in the chutney.
After hand tightening the lids on, process the jars for 10 minutes. Allow the chutney to be stored in a cool dry place for a couple of months to allow for the best flavour.
This is great on naan, over rice, or with a cheese plate.