I quite like food pictures. Heres a quick one I whipped up to go with the batch of plum sauce I made yesterday afternoon. I was lucky enough to be given a huge bag of mixed plums off my lovely friends trees… Which was fantastic timing, as I seem to make chutneys or sauces whenever I am back on a visit here in Nz! I’m thinking it might print off nicely to go on jar labels, or as postcards. What do you think?
Spicy plum sauce recipe :
2 cups of cider vinegar (I used malt, as it was all we had in the cupboard)
5 lbs of plums (I used a mix of tangy red, and sweet little plums that were yellow inside… thanks Gretal!)
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 onion, quartered
4 large garlic cloves
2 small jalapeno peppers (I only had dried chili, so put it about 2Tbsp)
2 Tbsp mustard seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp ginger root, or 1 and 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1Rinse and pit plums, then chop until fine in a food processor with 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, the onion and garlic.
2Add the remaining vinegar, and all the other ingredients to a large stockpot (make sure to use your largest pot, as the plum sauce will spit and will be Uber hot!) Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick & syrupy… about 1 – 1 and 1/2 hours. *Make sure to scrape the bottom and corners of the pot as you stir so it doesn’t stick and burn.
3In the meantime, prep clean glass jars in the oven. http://www.ehow.com/how_5109586_sterilize-canning-jars-boiling.html
4Once sauce is thick enough (to your liking – remember that it will thicken some on cooling), ladle hot sauce into hot, sterilized jars
The good thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t have to sit for a few weeks like chutney, you can use it right away – though it does need to be stored in the fridge after you open it. Otherwise it’ll store up to a year unopened in the cupboard…. good thing cos it made 5 and a 1/2 medium – large pasta jars worth!
And here is the next one with the basic ingredients for a fantastic spinach soup. I liked how the plum sauce pic turned out so much I thought I’d start a set. Promise to post up a better pic with no glare once the sunlight stops streaming through our front windows quite so much!