Sunday, 30 September 2018

Smoked Paprika Chutney No it's more like Ketchup

I spent a few hours in the garden over the weekend.  Clearing vegetable plots in readiness for next year.  

I have pulled out the last of the marrow and courgette plants and did a quite a bit of weeding. The squash and pumpkin plants did not do well at all, so they got pulled out too. 
These are the last courgettes, some with flowers in tact.  I will be chopping and then roasting them in the oven with a little oil and seasoning, and then dousing them with a squirt of fresh lemon juice to be served as a side dish.
The red tomatoes in the greenhouse are still coming along.  Soon there will be no more red tomatoes, just greens ones. I will have to pick up some jars, so that I can make green tomato chutney
We also have some rainbow chard in the garden plot. 
My husband, who I affectionately call D on the blog pulled out the last of the rhubarb stalks. I thought they may have been too far gone, but apparently the season ends September.  They appeared and felt okay, so I chopped them up and put them in the freezer in readiness for winter Rhubarb Crumbles.  We also have some cooking apples, which are also getting the same treatment, peeled and chopped and then transferred to the freezer.  I have also made some jams and chutneys (see below)

This was supposed to be Apple Chutney, however the apples turned to pulp, that it was more a thick sauce like ketchup, than chutney. Also I could not find sweet paprika, so ended up adding smoked paprika which of course overwhelmed the whole thing.  So we will be eating this with vegetarian sausage rolls. My husband was so convinced that there were tomatoes in this, because it is so red, but the red is coming from the smoked paprika.  

Smoked Paprika Ketchup
Adapted from this recipe. Please note for the above recipe, I made the mistake of using smoked paprika in place of sweet paprika.  Also please feel free to include or omit the raisins.

My contributions to Harvest Monday seem to be every other fortnight, but at least I join when I can and I am pleased about that.  Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave who blogs at Our Happy Acres.  
Oh we also have some black kale and curly kale.  It seems to be having a second lease of life, with new leaf emerging free of pests.  So I may still get to enjoy some homegrown brassicas.  For those of you interested, I also host a vegetarian #EatYourGreens vegetarian food event, Just follow this link to see how you can participate

14 comments:

  1. What a great plot - still producing so much good stuff. I made some plum ketchup the other week and it was similarly beguiling - you'd never have guessed what was in it!

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    1. Thanks Joey. Yes, I must admit I am surprised and that's me not even showing off the pears which we have had for the first time since moving here. Oh what a shame about the plum ketchup, hopefully still edible. I made some a while back, it was good - just a little thick if you want ot check it out https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2016/09/easy-plum-and-raspberry-ketchup-or-sauce.html

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  2. Hi Shaheen, it seems funny that your season is endig and ours is beginning. It is still too cold to plant tomatoes yet, usually its the end of October here. Have you tried Fried Green Tomatoes? just coat the slice tomatoes in polenta or wholemeal flour and fry, we used to then add cream and keep cooking till the sauce was thick, so yummy! My gardening blog was called Dirt Under my Fingernails, I closed it about 5 years ago as I had a troll that made blogging not a nice experience - the poor lady had mental issues which now have been dealt with.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I always think that too when I read my Aussie and NZ blogs about their growing antics. I have had fried green tomatoes a long long time ago, will make an effort to make some this year with the harvest. I will also have to dig out the movie and watch it.
      Thanks for letting me know the name of your blog, I have to confess I don't recall it - but that does not mean anything, shame about the troll - i think your being kind by saying she had mental health issues, that for me is still no excuse. There are some unpleasant people about, I encounter them too - but try not to engage with them.

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  3. good gardening!...and cooking. Ilike the idea of apple sauce chutney,spiced or not. Very useful in picnic sandwiches to hold them !

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    1. Thank you gz. I am a little disapppainted with it gz, but your right it will be good in sarnies for sure, so I will use them. I do like the flavour

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  4. your garden also looks so interesting with all your harvests, I like the look of your chutney - I have stopped making it after some apple chutney I did not like - should get back into it

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    1. Thank you Johanna. I have to confess I was so surprised that the apple just went proper mushy, like applesauce without too much cooking as other chutney I hav emade in the past with cooking apples, still retain some shape or bite. Still it will get used.

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    2. different variety apples cook differently....

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    3. Yeah, but I really didn't expect it to collapse so much as it did, but I guess I don't need to buy any fancy tomato ketchup for a while.

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  5. I bet your smoked paprika ketchup tastes great, it just wasn't what you were expecting. I can imagine using it with anything with lots of gooey cheese or perhaps potatoes or better yet sweet potatoes. Now I'm hungry!

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    1. It was quite unexpected, but I like your suggestions and ways to use it - with sweet potatoes - sounds good.

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  6. It is amazing your rhubarb is still going! It burns up in our summer heat. Hopefully the Smoked Paprika Ketchup will be useful in the kitchen. I love smoked paprika so it sounds yummy to me! I put paprika in my tomato ketchup, and maybe I should try using a little of the smoked next time. But not too much, because I can see how it could easily overpower the other flavors.

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    1. Thanks Dave. Yes I was actually quite surprised in past years its gone lanky, but it was still quite sturdy. And ditto to overpowering nature of smoked paprika.

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