Spiced Pear Chutney

Spiced Pear Chutney

Spiced Pear Chutney

It’s that time of year once more, and our lovely neighbour has been leaving us bags of pears.

Woke up to that bag of pears that we were given and decided that they had to be turned into something that would last so to the Internets we go.

There were a few different recipes but I came across a recipe on the BBC website that seemed ok, though there were some changes that I wanted to make for personal taste.

The other thing after actually cooking this recipe is that it took a good twenty minutes longer than described, and it filled two jam jars and a small Kilner jar, I would have four decent sized jars sterilised to be on the safe side.

    ingredients

  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 200ml cider vinegar
  • 100ml perry (pear cider)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 10 firm pears, peeled
    and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ¾ tsp urfa chilli flakes
  • 50g sultanas

putting it together

Into your big pan add the sugar, turmeric, cider vinegar, perry, star anise, cumin, red onions, and ginger. Give this a good stir and then bring to the boil.

Then add the pears and urfa and simmer for 60 mins until the liquid is syrupy and the pears are just cooked. Stir in the sultanas 10 minutes before the end, remove from the heat, then spoon into sterilised jars just out the oven and put lids on.


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I was remembering an article from a few years back  (2018) that talked about the number of recipes that the average family cooked on rotation, and was surprised it was nine.

We then did a quick survey of how many different meals we cooked regularly and it wasn’t many more than that!

Our goal from then was to diversify our repertoire and see how many new things we could cook from our 30+ cookbooks, and initially we did well but quite quickly fell back into our rut.

So once again we are going to be trying to expand the number of recipes we make regularly, and even if they don’t get added to the regular rota make new and different foods to excite.

Our regular list of food at the moment is below, though some, like pizza. have many variants:

• Spanish Fish Soup
• Frittata
• Lentil mushroom spaghetti bol
• Scrambled Tofu and rice
• Spicy Tuna
• Veggie chilli
• Smoked haddock, leek and potato soup
• Omelette and salad/beans
• Veggie Burgers
• Pizza
• Chickpea, coconut and spinach curry
• Goats cheese parcels
• Beetroot falafel
• Butternut and squash falafel
• Carrot and chickpea soup
• Carrot and red lentil soup
• Fish pie
• Salmon, potatoes and peas/broccoli
• Smoked mackerel pate
• Fishfinger sarnies
• Pasta pesto and rocket
• Peanut butter noodles
• Veg stew
• Risotto
• Gnocchi
• Salmon with cannellini bean mash
• Roast carrots with walnuts, feta and cumin
• Sausage casserole
• Butternut and chestnut roast
• Savoury flapjack
• Vegetable tagine

We also do a lot of chutney making and pickling when things are in season.

This is despite having a couple of dozen cook books and masses of bookmarked recipes from newspapers and websites, and being a more than competent cook who’s very comfortable in a kitchen.

It just becomes too easy to fall back on the regular meals, the ones you can put together without thinking, the ones that are store cupboard meals, filling and comforting after a long day at work.

So the plan is to make at least one different recipe a month and log it here, rating it, and talking about any changes I would make to it to encourage myself out of my comfort zone with cooking.

And to support all this I want to develop a nice allotment growing ingredients to put straight into our kitchen, we have one but I’ve not really been involved and I want this to change.

So keep an eye on here and Twitter to see what I’m up to!


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