Autumn

Georgian Inspired Plum Chutney

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Georgian Style Plum Chutney

Its chutney time, and this year our orchard trees are groaning under the weight of beautifully ripening fruits. I have already made jams and jellies, and put pies and purees into the deepfreeze.  The last job of the season is to turn the remainder, and the later ripening fruits into chutneys and pickles. This year I thought I would try something a bit different and have developed a plum chutney inspired by the traditional plum sauce of Georgia. Continue reading

Two Autumn Tarts, and an explaination for my long absence!

Autumn seems to have arrived early this year – the hedgerows are burgeoning with black berries and orchard trees are heavy with soft fruits and early apples begging to be picked.  There is a limit to how much of this gorgeous produce one can consume while its fresh, so it is a busy time of year for cooks in the kitchen as we turn the excess into chutney, jams and jellies. I also like to make fruit pies that can be prepared for freezing and cooking later. It makes for very easy entertaining throughout the late autumn and winter months.

Here are two of my favourite recipe: 1: Fig Tart with Brown Sugar Frangipani and Spelt Pastry. 2: Apple, Pear and Blackberry Open Pie with a Dark Muscovado and Allspice Streusel Topping.   Continue reading

Chicken in a sherry vinegar and rosemary sauce.

Chicken cooked in sherry and sherry vinegar

Chicken cooked in a rich sauce of sherry, sherry vinegar and rosemary.

The Sherry and sherry vinegar used in this recipe add a warm complex slightly piquant flavour. Use a good Manzanilla dry aged sherry, or a Tio Pepe, and the best sherry vinegar that you can find. The addition of Rosemary adds depth and a wintery note to the dish.

Like many casseroles it is best made in advance to allow the sherry vinegar to mellow and the complex flavours to develop. Instructions are given in full below. Continue reading

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