Brr, it is so cold out there! The temperatures have been consistently plummeting over the last few days and I’m using every excuse I can to stay indoors. One of my all-time favourite ways to keep warm is to spend lots of time in the kitchen.
Today I made spicy apple chutney. I’m a big fan of dressing up dishes with a good sauce and if it’s homemade; all the better. This is a really fantastic recipe that I found in last weekend’s Irish Independent. The method only involves some chopping and stirring, and as it cooks; it fills the kitchen with really beautiful, sweet and warm (dare I say, Christmas-y…) aromas.
Finely chop two small onions and two red chilli peppers. Fry in a large saucepan with a little olive oil over a medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until softened.
Core four eating apples and chop them into small chunks. Add to the pan, along with 2 tsps mixed spice, 4 tbsps cider vinegar, 4 tbsps caster sugar* and 50ml water.
Cover and cook over a low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apple is soft and falling apart.
Using a potato masher, mash the chutney so that almost all the apple is broken up, leaving some chunky bits for a juicy consistency.
Allow to cool before serving alongside slow-roasted pork or cheese and crackers.
*I followed the exact recipe this time but when I’m making it again, I won’t add the sugar until the apple has really softened because otherwise, it seems to take much longer to get a good consistency.
recipe taken from irish independent’s weekend magazine