I’ve had so many courgettes in veg box lately that it’s been impossible to eat them all, especially when my kids pull the kind of face you’d see in a horror movie if they come within 100 yards of their plate. I’ve watched them shrivel in the fridge with guilt and sadness wondering what the hell to do with them. I hate food waste food so I went on a hunt for a really good chutney recipe. I found a few, but the one below, with a few additions and tweaks is perfect and goes well with cheese and cold meats.
Spiced Courgette chutney:
550g of tomatoes, chopped
500g of courgettes, diced
300ml of white wine vinegar
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
250g brown sugar
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp mustard seeds
a thumb sized piece of root ginger, grated
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
Put all the ingredients in a large pan. Bring slowly to a simmer, stirring to stop the mixture sticking. Continue to simmer uncovered for 2 hours until thick and dark (and chutney like). Pour into sterilised jars and leave for 2 to 3 weeks before eating.
As an aside, my friend tells me it’s even better after a year, that is if you can wait that long before eating it all!!!
If you are short of jam jars you can always join freecycle and put out a wanted request. For all of you who don’t know about freecycle go to www.uk.freecycle.org