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What's in your garden?

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Jul 19, 2009, 6:30pm

I have an apricot tree, and this year, we are LOADED with fruit. I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes.

Apricot and Almond Chutney

1 c. cider vinegar
1 c. sugar
12 apricots, medium sized, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 orange, chopped fine
1 lemon, chopped fine
1/2 c. candied sliced ginger
1 tsp. salt
1.2 c. raisins, golden raisins, or currants (I used currants this time)
1/2 c. blanched almonds
1 tsp. ground ginger

Pour 3/4 c. of vinegar in large saucepan; add sugar. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add apricots, peppers, onions, garlic, orange, lemon, candied ginger, salt, and raisins. Simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes.

Add almonds, ground ginger, and remaining vinegar. Simmer for 30 more minutes, until chutney has reduced and thickened.

Spoon into sterilized jars, seal, and label. I made 3+ pints this year, with enough leftover to almost fill the jar, but not quite.

Jul 19, 2009, 9:11pm

Sounds yummy!

Jul 21, 2009, 2:44pm

yeah it sounds good. I am feeling a bit envious. We don't have gardens up here. Makes me miss my parents's garden with their fruit trees and kitchen garden.

Jul 21, 2009, 3:19pm

We have four different varieties of tomatoes (about 20 plants) all of which have decided to come in now. I'm off to a meeting tonight and instructed best beloved to turn them into spaghetti sauce while I'm gone. Keep your fingers crossed.

Lots of peppers out there too and there would be zucchini except some woodland creature keeps nipping them off as soon as they begin to form.

Jul 21, 2009, 6:45pm

I planted my tomatoes in my front yard, in containers. Then my sunflowers grew up in front of them. I cut down all of them but one, and it was so pretty I just left it. Now it's a sunflower VINE growing right across the whole flower bed. It's crazy! I have some ripe tomatoes, but the sunflowers are all in the way! I ought to get a picture.

Aug 3, 2009, 2:39pm

The recipe looks really good. Unfortunately, it gets so hot here that I haven't been able to grow anything but houseplants. The last time I tried to grow tomatoes I came home from work to find the plant had burnt to a crisp in just a couple of hours.