Saturday, September 02, 2006

For Sarnia - properly, pickled...

Since Sarnia expressed an interest, herewith, I give you a private peek into the pickle pantry.


The little jar in front containing the yellowy greeny chutney is the green tomato one in question. That's all we've got left! The recipe makes about 4lbs. It's yummy.

Green Tomato Chutney

2lb green tomatoes
8oz onions, chopped
8oz cooking apples, peeled cored and chopped
10fl oz cider vinegar
4oz sultanas
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon dry English mustard
8oz light brown sugar

The recipe says you skin the tomatoes by blanching them in hot water for 30 seconds. I now know you need longer than that or the pesky skins don't come off and then run them under the cold tap or the skin comes off your finger tips rather the tomatoes!

You chop the flesh and put it in a preserving pan with the onions and apples.

Add about half the vinegar and cook gently until the fruit and vegetables are soft, stirring frequently. (I find stirring is vital, as it makes me feel chef-like and important as well as giving the impression to the casual onlooker that I know what I'm doing).

Add the remaining vinegar with the sultanas, salt, cayenne pepper, dry mustard and sugar and continue to cook slowly for about 15 minutes until the chutney starts to thicken.

Pot while still slightly runny, and seal the jars. I'm told it will keep for at least 3 months, but I can't see our last little pot remaining unconsumed for that long!

In case you're wondering about the rest of the tracklements in the cupboard. The two tall jars back left are pickled beetroot. So easy to do.

Pickled Beetroot

Just twist off the leaves, wash well and cook whole in a saucepan of salted water until just undercooked rather than soft. Cool them under the cold tap, then squirt them out of their skins. Pack them into clean warmed jars.

Boil vinegar with peppercorns and an inch or so of peeled sliced ginger for 10 minutes. Strain off the spices, then set aside to cool. Pour the vinegar over the beetroot, making sure it's completely covered. Seal and store.

By the way beetroot is fine in Sarsons ready-spiced pickling vingar too. Traditionally, you can 'gimp beetrots into grotesque shapes' before pickling i.e. carve them into little satyrs with humorously large penises and whatnot, but mine were small ones - so I refrained from dickering about with them!

The dark brown one in the large jar front left, by rights belongs in the 101 things to do with a courgette series. It's a hot spicy chutney but also lovely as a glaze for roast shoulder of lamb or chicken. Just spoon it over the roast about 20 minutes before the end of cooking time.

Courgette Chutney (aka Patent Power Pickle)
1½lb courgettes, thickly sliced
2 tablespoons salt
8oz chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
12oz muscovado sugar (dark, sticky stuff)
1½ pints red wine vinegar
8oz raisins
1 tablespoon lightly crushed coriander seeds
1 tablespoon peeled chopped root ginger
2 x dried chillies

Sprinkle the courgettes with half the salt and leave to drain in a colander overnight.

Next day, rinse, drain and pat dry. Put into a heavy pan with the onion, garlic, remaining salt, sugar, vinegar and cook gently for about 15 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the vegetables have softened.

Add the raisins, spices, ginger and chillies, stir well and cook at a steady simmer for another 25 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring frequently. Put into warm dry jars.>


And the three large jars on the right are obviously pickled onions. But they've got that lovely rosy tinge because they are a mixture of red onions, small brown onions and shallots. Here they are soaking in their brine overnight prior to pickling.



Pickled Onions

2lb pickling onions
2oz salt
1 pint clear malt vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper corns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 bay leaves
2 dried chillies
1oz ginger, peeled and sliced

Peel the onions carefully with a sharp knife, removing only the minimum at the base and tip. Soak overnight in the salt mixed with a pint of cold water.

Next day, drain the onions and wash them in cold water to get rid of excess salt. Set aside to drain.

Put the vinegar in a pan with the peppercorns, coriander seeds, bay leaves, chillies and ginger and boil for 10 minutes. Set aside to get cold.

Pack the onions into cleaned warmed jars, wiping each one with a cloth to get rid of the last traces of moisture. Pour on the cold vinegar.

If you like a very strong flavour, include the whole spices in the pickle, otherwise strain them off. Make sure the onions are completely covered with vinegar. Seal the jars and keep for about 6 weeks before opening.

So that's it, really... pickling is a doddle!

70 Comments:

Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Hey Gavin, brilliant recipes.
Thanks very much.
My printer is busted, so I am going to write down the chutney recipe.
Do you want to be my next husband???

Sat Sep 02, 01:29:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Gavin, I have about three ton of green tomatoes at present. If we just got a bit more sun!

Question: that little jar of the green tomato chutney, what weight of tomatoes went into that or to put it another way, using the same size jars as you have there, how many jars will you fill with the chutney using 2lbs of tomatoes?

Rupe, you wouldn't want him as a husband, he does 'natural' things with Span!

Sat Sep 02, 01:42:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Blimey! What an offer, Rupe! You wouldn't want me round the house, I make a terrible mess with my various entusiams!

But they really are delicious pickles, and pretty well impossible to bugger up (even for me!), otherwise I wouldn'thave posted the recipes!

Mags, the green tomato recipe makes 4 pounds of chutney. A pound jar is a traditional jam jar - you know the kind that you used to collect the gollies off - about the size of a coffee mug. So that's four smallish (like that one in the picture or a tad bigger) jars.

Sat Sep 02, 01:49:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

I've never collected gollies. What sort of girl do you take me for!

Looks like I don't have enough jars put by. Will have to go out and buy some.

Have I told you about my tomatoes? I planted some courgettes on a carefully prepared piece of soil that had been fertilised with my own sweet compost. I never thought about it when the the little leaves started sprouting through until I clocked, that first the seedlings were not coming up where I had planted them in a neat little row but absolutely everywhere, not just in the patch where the courgettes were meant to be but all over, in amongst everything else.

So I took a closer look and realised that these seedlings were nothing to do with courgettes and everything to do with tomatoes!

I didn't plant one seed but I reckon I may have about 50lb of tomatoes out there. Every cane I possess and for several miles around has been used to support a plethora of tomato plants. I have plum, cherry and bloody enormous round ones, almost like beefies!

And all because last year when we were away at the end of May, I lost many of the plants I had grown because my watering system didn't work whilst we were away and so I threw the lot in the compost. Plus there were probably seeds and bits from the house from when I've composted all uncooked left overs.

Amazing. My best tomatoes ever and no effort was involved.

Sat Sep 02, 02:00:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

That's Sod's law Mags, and BTW Gavin, very impressive recipies.
I wouldn't advise you marry Rupe, she's alledgedly very high maintainance (laugh)

Sat Sep 02, 02:57:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Well, it would be just for pickling

Sat Sep 02, 05:20:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Gavin, what is a preserving pan?
Is it other than a saucepan??

Sat Sep 02, 05:25:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

It's just a very big pan Rupe. My granny had one you could bath a pair of twin babies in, and would have covered all four burners. Hence my point about the cauldrons - but heaven knows what became of it...

Our biggest pan is that one in the picture of the wine fruit on the hob - it takes a gallon and a half - which is huge for modern pans.

And what do you mean JUST FOR PICKLING? I have other uses!

Sat Sep 02, 05:31:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Rupe, my mother used to have a very large copper/brass shallow pan with handles ,that she used to make jam in, I don't know whether that's a preserving pan.

Sat Sep 02, 05:31:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

This is a bit like my granny's pan but hers was bigger - wider I suppose - about 10 inches deep and eighteen inches across the diameter at the top. But very much as described.

Sat Sep 02, 06:40:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Mind you we just CALLED granny's pan a "preserving pan" - I may have mentioned my granny was magical...Oh alright then, my granny's pan was a damn cauldron!

From Wikipedia:
A cauldron or caldron (from Latin caldarium, hot bath) is a large metal-made pot (kettle) for cooking and/or boiling over an open fire, usually attached to a hanger with the shape of an arc.

In legend, a cauldron is purported to be where leprechauns keep their treasure.

In Wicca witchcraft a cauldron is often placed at the centre of a sacred circle, and used to contain items that will be set alight during a ritual. Traditionally, or in myth, a cauldron was also used by witches to prepare their potions, most notably the weird sisters in the play Macbeth.

As a cooking vessel it is mostly obsolete. It may be that a predecessor of the Holy Grail legend was a cauldron.

Sat Sep 02, 06:50:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Paul said...

If somebody types 'Pantry Peeks' in their search engine by mistake they'll be sorely disappointed!

Sat Sep 02, 07:08:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Oh ye of little faith, who could be disappointed by peeking at my private pickles? Crumbs, what more could you want? I even had a proposal over this! You cynic, you, Paul!

Sat Sep 02, 07:32:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Lol Paul !

Sat Sep 02, 08:25:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Curmy, it's because I insulted his circa 1981 sideburns on his blog!

Sat Sep 02, 08:30:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Oh right, Gavin, I must have missed that little spat !

Sat Sep 02, 09:58:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

"pickling"...is this some new sort of perversion?

hmmmm...all this chutney and pickle talk is making my mouth water.

Sat Sep 02, 10:32:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Gavin (Viking), thanks for recipes.

Like Rupe, my printer is dead so shall also have to write out by hand.

I was astounded to read that your Green Tom Chutney has a shelf life of three months. I recently devoured a jar of same that I made in Vermont bloody years ago!

Sat Sep 02, 11:13:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Span, Paul's talked himself into some kind of innuendo surrounding pickles in the pantry! It's getting very Carry On around here!

You're welcome Sarns. I've no idea how long they last really, one is told these things but if one scoffs the lot before the allotted span (and Span can scoff a lot!) - who knows???

Sat Sep 02, 11:52:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Thanks Gavin for the pix of preserving pans. I already have a stainless steel pot with handles each side, about same size.

Now where do I find green tomatoes?

Not around here that's for sure.

Apropos to nothing the Great British Cycle Race is passing the end of my road this afternoon.
Camden has been re-surfacing Highgate Road for two weeks. !

Sun Sep 03, 11:19:00 AM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Gavin Viking - I'm about to embark on a mega Green Tom Chutney adventure (well not quite mega as have only 1lb to work with).

Shall let you know how it went!

Sun Sep 03, 01:17:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Sarnia, these toms of yours are grown by you, is that correct?
I can't get green toms here.
I'll plant some next year and hope birdies and squirrels don't get them. Can I plant toms in a container? i.e a stone plant pot?

Thanks

Sun Sep 03, 01:24:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Hi Rupe!

It's just one plant (there were three initially but one got decapitated by a flying barbeque cover in high winds) and something VERY MYSTERIOUS INDEED (i.e. I have no idea what) happened to another.

Anyway - the one remaining plant flourished and got huge!

It's a variety especially for patio containers (don't need staking) and the one I have is called 'Totem'.

It's meant to be a cherry but some of the tomatoes have got quite a bit bigger.

I didn't grow it from seed - I just mooched over to a Garden Centre at beginning of May and bought the (small) plants and then popped them into the patio container.

Easy peasy - and if I can do it - anyone can!

BTW Rupe - did you watch the England game y'day? Isn't JT such a good choice for Captain?

Sun Sep 03, 02:17:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Gavin, if you're in contact with Span, would you please tell him it's now impossible to put messages on his blog.
Thanks

Sun Sep 03, 04:32:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Curmy, I've dropped him a quick email - but panic not - Span's given to dickering with his little thingies, everything usually returns to normal when he leaves them alone!

Go for it Sarns! You must get that blessed "Sarnian Thoughts" blog of yours going. If you email me I can talk you though it on one of the Instant Messenger services. Although it's scarcely anything to be proud of, even he's buggered the blessed thing up again apparently, I talked Span through a lot at the beginning. And Lena.

Rupe, I'll email a possible solution to the sorcing of green toms!

Sun Sep 03, 05:10:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Hi Gavin - well I tried emailing you but it was returned! I don't understand how to use the "Microsoft as your blah blah blah" thingy so just used your email address and mailed you from mine (a hotmail one).

Maybe you could email me and see if it gets through? I have a filter system on so anything it doesn't recognise goes into the junkmail folder - which I will check.

My addie is Sarnia45@hotmail.com.

In two minds as to whether to get that blog going - I'm bloody useless at techy stuff, plus have no idea how to get photos on etc.

Kitchen smells wonderful btw - I have successfully completed set task! Thanks again for recipe.

(Am also making chicken and vegetable soup so good mix of smells!)

Sun Sep 03, 05:35:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Thanks all for tomato solutions !!

Sarnia, NO I do not watch England anymore. I still haven't recovered from World cup disaster.
I hated the way Steve M. treated my darling Becks. Did you know I almost persuaded my lawyer to send a rather brilliant letter I devised to that total moronic creep
Sven? but in the end he refused.
However I did go to Svens house, but I wasn't quite sure of the number, just as well.
Sorry to say I don't support Chelsea either, as I loath Frank Lampard. As soon as he was chosen to take first penalty I knew my dream was over. He missed more open goals than any player in World Cup. Sarnia, I hate football at the moment, just couldn't care less. I was mortally wounded.

Tomato chutney any day. Rupe x

Sun Sep 03, 05:42:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Span said...

Sarnia, if you do get one you'll be the first ready made to talk to me!! I think any new ones get the new type automatically - I may be wrong.

curmy Gavin told me and I can only assume there's a glitch as all my settings allow anyone to comment. Perhaps ask Sarnia (or Sarnia tell curmy) as Sarnia manages to reply but has no blog (I think she just signms in or soemthing but no private info needed or given...not sure....

Sun Sep 03, 06:32:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Span - I have a blog but have never written on it (didn't know how to do so).

Also - re leaving comments on your blog, I just fill in the word verification; click on 'other' and then type Sarnia.

Incidentally - re my latest comment there - do you think you ought to put up a warning? As in "Warning - filthy post follows; do not read if easily shocked".

Sun Sep 03, 06:38:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Sarns, you may consider to build your readership....

Mags is a self confessed hussy...

"Warning - filthy post follows; do not read if easily shocked". sounds like a good start to me!!!!

Sun Sep 03, 08:22:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Well Span's been dickering round his way...

So as I tried FINALLY to say on his blog:

"Anything online, prefaced by 'beta', means it's not properly tested, so chances are it won't work..."

Sun Sep 03, 09:03:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Gavin, we'll wait for Span's blog site to crash shall we ? He he he.(I shouldn't be mean !)

Sun Sep 03, 10:22:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Dear Reader - I was shocked.

Attempted to send another email to you, Gavin Viking - all of 10 words or fewer! Hope that one got through?

Incidentally - is it just me or does the current Tesco Ad (re recyling bags) really annoy anyone other than me by saying "less bags"? Grrrrrr!

Mon Sep 04, 01:56:00 AM GMT+1  
Anonymous Span Ows said...

Oi cheeky git! Don't tell fibs...(apart from being wrong!) Just because you can't manage it! everyone else seems to have figured it out!

P.S. I would be very surprised (seeing as you use Mozilla/Firefox) that you haven't been using something 'beta' for some time!

Mon Sep 04, 04:09:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

P.S. you can't ignore me...I have too many routes of access!

P.S. this owsblog bloke, is he alright? :-)

Mon Sep 04, 10:16:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Spanish, I think you posting on my blog from your betashitty blog has buggered up my none betashitty blog. You've infected it with betashittyness. I get those silly pop up boxes on mine now and even had to sign in. I've never signed in, not since the first time I signed in and now I've had to sign in a second time. Span, I ought to slap yer backside.

Mon Sep 04, 10:48:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

I told you your clever idea would cause trouble didn't I Span ? !

Mon Sep 04, 11:18:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

curmy you're getting like Gavin!!! ;-)

Mags...I've dun nought a yow blog lass.

Tue Sep 05, 09:23:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

You looked at it Span, therefore you have! I shall be slapping your backside.

Tue Sep 05, 09:37:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, you shouldn't fiddle about with your little twiddly bits Span! Did I tell you, you could bugger about in beta? No! And look what you've done! You've even replaced your throbbing "O"!

Mags he'll be insufferable now!

Sarns, send us a pic of the chutney and I'll start a collection of chum's chutney's.

Rupe, a 2lb punnet of green toms is in the post. Mixture of two varieties, the cherry ones are 'Gardeners Delight' and the medium size ones are 'Moneymaker'. From you Rupe I EXPECT a photo!

Tue Sep 05, 03:58:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Err Gavin - I don't know how to send a photo. There is a digital camera chez Sarnia but it is currently being repaired. Even if it was physically here I wouldn't know how to send a photo via the computer - I did tell you I'm useless.

Oh and by the way - shouldn't that be chums' chutneys?

Tue Sep 05, 05:20:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

OOOeeerrr, Gavin and Rupe, sitting in a tree S N O G I N G.....(yup I kow it's spelt incorrectly but it's the latest variation on that little ditty courtesy of my 6yo)

So what did Rupe have to do to get food parcels from Chez Corder? Has she got incriminating evidence?

We should be told!

Tue Sep 05, 07:23:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

No I haven't replaced my throbbing o!!!The throbbing O belongs to owsblog and that's where it is! As you can see I am a different Span Ows.

I'm glad you have rephrased your message..."Did I tell you, you could bugger about in beta? No!"...that si a lot different to waht you were claiming beofre...(taps foot arms folded)

Tue Sep 05, 08:17:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Thanks Gavin, I've got all the ingredients all ready to made into Gavins Yummy Chutney.

Thanks so much, what a honey bunch.

A photograph? OK Sweet Face.

Wed Sep 06, 06:11:00 AM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

Gavin ...tomatoes have arrived
just now......so I am going to make the chutney in 2 minutes.
How can I send you a picture when I haven't got your address???
Can't thank you enough,
big kisses, xx

Wed Sep 06, 12:05:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

I'm intriqued Rupe - how does one send tomatoes through the post?

Good luck with the chutney - my kitchen smelt heavenly on Sunday!

Wed Sep 06, 12:43:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle rupert said...

Just put it in the jars Sarnia.
The toms were in a neat parcel protected in tupperwear container and then in bubble wrap.

Gavin, I love you. Rupe xx

Wed Sep 06, 01:58:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Excellent! Isn't the Royal mail tremendous!

Well, Sarnia, you have to write the address very small, particularly on the little cherry ones.... (Serves you right for being such a pedant about chums' chutneys!)

Actually I put them in bubblewrap inside a tupperware box, which I wrapped (rather attractively I thought) I brown paper and string!

Mags you can't be jealous, surely, you've got you're own green tomatoes!

I thought you might email Rupe and Sarn but perhaps I'm working with Luddites here...;-)

Wed Sep 06, 02:01:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Hooray Rupe! Isn't Gavin a little star?

LOL Gavin! I deserved that (well almost).

Re your last para btw - do you mean that Rupe and I should email you with photos?

I don't know how to "do" photos - I know that Rupe does though!

Wed Sep 06, 02:28:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Well, we expect Rupe to e-mail Gavin some photoes, so she can prove she's really made the pickle !

Wed Sep 06, 06:36:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

They're probably both telling porkies Curmy... I bet neither of them raised a spoon!

Wed Sep 06, 07:32:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Uncle Rupert said...

First I haven't got a digital camera ugh !!
My photographs are black and white and printed on archive paper, except for some colour pix of my cat.
I mean't to send Gavin one of my
"proper" photo's.
But I haven't got his address.
I asked one of the more intelligent looking tomato's, but I didn't understand what it said.

Wed Sep 06, 07:41:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Rupe,(and Luddite Sarnia)do you have a scanner? If so scan the photo and then email it to Gavvybabes, superdooperlovetomatostud of this parish.

If you don't have a scanner go to your local photo shop and ask then to scan the photo and pop it in a disc and then you can email it to Gavvybabes superdooperlovetomatostud of this parish. They don't charge too much for the service. Or Sarnia, ask one of your children to do it for you...at school if necessary and then bring it home on a disc.

Blimey! And people thought I was a luddite for refusing to use a VDU!

Gavvybabes superdooperlovetomatostud of this parish you can post me some of that wine. I'll email you my addy when it's ready.

Wed Sep 06, 09:16:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Pickled Rupert said...

Oh God Mags, No I haven't got a scanner, I rally don't want to take a picture of a couple of jars of pickles. Put it on a disc, Mags,? I am a simple photographer, I don't know what you are talking about. Now you know how pleased The Sunday Times was when I left.
I refused to use colour unless I used a pseudonym, I would never have touched a digital camera.

Every week I would walk into the building with my photographs, and everyone went ga ga, nobody had printed photo's anymore. Everything was sent in by email, and digitally altered to suit size and vanities. Thank God I got out.

Gavin, the 2 large jars are full and labelled, and are waiting for 6 weeks to be gobbled. Can't thank you enough xxx

Wed Sep 06, 10:00:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Rupe, you don't need a digital camera! Just take a photo, in B&W, develop, take to local photo shop, ask them to scan and put on disc, pay the nice people, take disc home, load onto pc, send email to Gavvybabes superdooperlovetomatostud with photo attached and Bob's yer uncle! You have to do this because Gavvybabes superdooperlovetomatostud would love said photo!

Go on you know you want to!

Wed Sep 06, 11:03:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

I'd be delighted to receive a real picture, but the idea was to put it on the blog so I shall have to 'pollute' the picture by scanning it, reducing it to 72 dots per inch... and generally butchering it!

Thu Sep 07, 12:46:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Pickled Rupert said...

Gavin my darling pickle, I wanted to send you a gift of one of my photographs.
Not for the blog.

But I do understand that you don't want me to have your address, just in case I come and pickle you.

Thu Sep 07, 01:26:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

...any news re 'anon'?...as there seems to be distinct lack of a message(humphh!)

Thu Sep 07, 02:50:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

Ah yes, Mags - I hadn't forgotten that old maxim - "when you don't know - ask the bratlings".

I think our scanner is part of the printer (which doesn't work).

How very dare you suggest that I might be fibbing about the chutney, Gavin! I am shocked I tell you - shocked!

Oh btw Mags - am in the middle of a really good book and think you might like it. It's called The Observations by Jane Harris.

Don't know if there are any reviews of it (I picked it up in the bookshop last week - it's her first book) but I am gripped!

Thu Sep 07, 02:50:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Rupe, you must think me very churlish! I would be honoured to have one of your photographs, I will frame it for the wall. I really wasn't fishing for a piece of art, just looking to illustrate our denizens of the 5L MBs culinary blog adventures!

Well I don't know Sarns... until I see a jpeg of a jar of chutney the jury's out! Don't tell me the kids didn't get them in their stockings for Crimbo.

We went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago and bought a 30 quid digital camera from Tesco, with an additional 12 memory card, which enabled us to take about 150 photos of the ceremony and reception, and then to present thehappy couple with the camera as the prezzie leaving about 20 shots worth of space on the card for the wedding night (nudge nudge wink wink).

Actually they were chuffed to bits and declared it their best prezzie as it wasn't the value of the camera but the pics in it that they liked.

But surely Sarns, your brood have digital cameras, I know you can send an email, attaching an attachment involves clicking on the paperclippy looking icon...you must be able to do this stuff!!!Nobody can be THAT blonde!!!!

I suppose it's my long awaited bollocks post that you're nagging me for Span...it can't be a solution to your beta buggered blog which is beyond betterment until Blogger bucks up! But yes, am receiving you on all channels, bit snowed under, sorry, only actually reading anything intermittently and cursorily. Soz, butterball buddy!

Mags oh sane speaker of sense, they're a giddy lot, giddy I tells ya! [Shakes head sadly and sagely]

Thu Sep 07, 04:49:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

This is looking like being comment number 60 on this post. A record. Who would have thought that out of all my carefully researched historical and linguistic pieces, my up-to-the-minute political accumen, my rantings about political correctness and evil daughters, a simple post with a couple of bloody chutney recipes would attract so much attention.

So due to the fact that I have a self distruct mind that prevents me from persuing any course of action that is populist or lucrative, I shall return to the use, abuse and delicious origins of rude words in English!

So Bollocks!

Thu Sep 07, 04:58:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Congrats Gavin, on clocking up 60 messages on the subject of chutney !

Thu Sep 07, 05:49:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarns the Luddite said...

Gavin - we do have a digital camera - currently in for repair. However, I really, really have no idea how to put pix on computer and then send! Sorry - but yes, I really am that dense!

Plus if the printer/scanner thing isn't working...

There's no hope, I'm afraid.

Thu Sep 07, 07:41:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Lucy said...

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=DVXE,DVXE:2005-21,DVXE:en&q=pantry+peeks

Paul told me to do it !

Fri Sep 08, 05:24:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Kayfer Kettle said...

This is a pickling paradise gav!!!

I was raised alongside an aunt who made the meanest pickled onions ever. The crunch and heat has never been matched, but she never, at any one given time, had such an array of pickled produce as the Corder household appears to be sporting. Indeed, it is her that has been pickled for most of my life.....

Which leads me neatly on to her beetroot wine....

Enjoy, Gav. xx

Tue Sep 12, 12:42:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

No comment on my wine making activities Katie? :-)

Beetroot wine....it has merit. Except that the elderberries, plums and apples were free. I actually had to grow the beetroot from seed...

Although I do wonder sometimes whether a jar from Waitrose and a case out of the bonded warehouse might not surffice.

Tue Sep 12, 08:34:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

But yes. I do live in paradise!

Tue Sep 12, 08:35:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the great recipes! Would you mind if I posted one or two on my pickling website. I am always looking for quality recipes to post. Thanks!

Jon
http://www.howtopickle.com

Sat Oct 07, 12:27:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

No problem Jon. A link back to this page might be nice, but not essential.

Sat Oct 07, 02:02:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello people.Winter good time!

Wed Dec 20, 04:42:00 PM GMT  

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