So it turns out that I’ve buggered up my shoulder. Too much of a bad posture and too much playing of Half Life 2 on the laptop and arsing around on the PSP. It means I’m off work sick today, enjoying the ‘delights’ of daytime TV and sitting around in Dave’s pajamas.
So while I’m waiting for the rain to stop so I can go up to the chemists and buy more Deep Heat patches, I thought I’d give you the recipes of the Christmas food mentioned in the last post.
First up, marrow chutney.
I have yet to try any yet, but it looks rather nice. You need:
3 lb marrow
1lb red onions
1lb ripe tomatoes with skins and seeds removed
1pt white wine vinegar
a nice big bit of fresh ginger
2tsp freshly ground black pepper
1andahalf lb brown sugar
Peel the marrow and cut into small chunks. Peel and chop the onions. Slice the tomatoes.
Put all these ingredients into a pan with half the vinegar. Chop the dates and add to the pan. Simmer gently until soft and pulpy. Add spices, pepper and salt and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Stir in sugar and remaining vinegar. Continue cooking until thick (no liquid should ooze into the path made by a wooden spoon as it is drawn across the pan). Pour into warm jars when finished.
Next we have the mincemeat. It’s a good recipe, there’s no cooking involved, just bung everything in a bowl, mix, cover with a tea towel and leave overnight and the next day add the alcohol.
50g melted butter
100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
100g candied peel
50g whole blanched almonds chopped
140g light muscovado sugar
1tbsp orange marmalade
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp ground cinnamon
finely grated zest and juice of one lemon
4 generous tbsp brandy
4 generous tbsp sherry
I’ve yet to use any of this in cooking as I’m letting it mature, but it smells delicious and I think it could be rather tasty indeed. It keeps for two months.