Monday, February 13, 2012

Weekend Doings

With some cooler temperatures and lots of goodies from the garden, we've ventured back into the kitchen! Yesterday, my DH and I made some apple and tomato chutney. So easy! Taken from my grandma's 1933 New Standard Cookery (with imperial measures) -

6 cooking apples
4 small onions
3 teaspoons salt
3 cupfuls brown sugar
1 green pepper
6 large tomatoes
1 cup raisins
1 quart vinegar
1/4 cup peppercorns, allspice, cloves

Mix finely chopped apples, tomatoes, raisins and green pepper together in saucepan. Add remainder of ingredients and boil steadily for 1-and-a-half hours. Allow to cool. Pour into jars.

We didn't use as much vinegar as is suggested here (we used about 800ml) and we used a red pepper rather than green, so it can be adjusted to your own tastes.

And on Saturday, I made a lemon cake. Using a plain cake recipe from the Net -

2 cups self-raising flower
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g butter
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk

Then, if you like, add the grated rind of 1 large lemon and a little bit of lemon juice.

Combine. Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 30 minutes. The icing is just my usual concoction of 1 cup icing sugar and 2 tablespoons boiling water. I then added some lemon juice and this made it nice but very runny!


Sefarina said...

This sounds just delicious, Feronia.

(Oh, word verification says eatis ^^)

Feronia said...

The lemon cake was *good*, Sefarina (haven't opened the chutney jars yet). Love those verification words :)

Pina said...

I looks delicious, too! :)

librarygirl said...

Making passata this week - we have a bobillion tomatoes.

Feronia said...

@ Pina -

It was. It's all gone now :)

@ librarygirl -

Passata? I must look that up. We have *so* many tomatoes!