Recently we spent several nights with my brother and his wonderful family at their place in sunny Marlborough. While there, I was inspired greatly by my green-fingered sister-in-law . One of the plentiful items from the garden was plums. Delicious, big red juicy plums!
I came home from our time away with a heavy bag of ripe plums, and the desire to get stuck into my own back yard; turning it into something productive and beautiful. So far I’ve dug a big hole in the backyard. And I’ve lined the bench with seeds to sow. Lets see how it goes from here…
I whipped up a quick plum chutney with a portion of the plums we had. It’s naturally sweet yet deliciously tart. Perfect for sweet or savoury options and for us has been a topper for crackers, addition to yoghurt, sauce for pizza, and side for meats.
Check out the recipe and try it for yourself…
Spiced Plum Chutney
1 tbsp coconut oil or butter
1 red onion, diced
1 kg plum flesh, de-stoned and roughly chopped.
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp orange zest
juice of 1 orange
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
honey to taste – optional (I don’t use any as I love the tart flavour)
Heat a pan over a medium heat. Melt the oil, and add the onion. Stir and allow to soften for 5 mins. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat to low and simmer for 30mins until it has thickened to your desired consistency.
Set aside to cool then spoon into jars. Store in the fridge. Will keep for 2 weeks but it freezes well too 🙂