Friday, November 07, 2008

A medlar berry

When one buys a new tripod and a macro lens there is just one thing to do - start trying it out. One place to do that is in what passes for a garden. Even in November.


mrsnesbitt said...

We watched River Cottage last night, this medlar chutney sounded delicious.

* 3-4 tbsp sunflower oil
* 4 tbsp mustard seeds
* 2 tbsp crushed black peppercorns
* 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
* 1 tbsp ground cumin
* 2 tsp turmeric
* 1 bulb of garlic, peeled and grated
* 5-7cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
* 6 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
* 2kg Bramley apples, cored and chopped
* 500g dark Muscovado sugar
* 500ml cider vinegar
* 2 tbsp salt
* The left over pulp from the medlar jelly, or about 700g pears, peeled, cored and chopped

Method: How to make medlar and apple chutney

1. Warm the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat and add the spices, stirring well and frying until the mustard seeds just begin to pop. This will only take a minute or so – be careful not to scorch the spices. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies, stir well, and fry gently for few minutes.

2. Tip the chopped apples into a large preserving pan and pour over the spices.

3. Add the sugar, vinegar and salt, along with the left over pulp from the medlar jelly, or the pears if you are using them instead.

4. Stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves, then simmer for about 2 hours until thickened, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if you think it’s beginning to look too thick.

5. Bottle in warm, sterilised jars, filling the jars really full as the mixture will shrink slightly as it cools. Seal with vinegar-proof lids.

© River Cottage

Anonymous said...

Looks like the lens works. It is a beautiful photo.

Anne-Berit said...

Nydelig bilde,liker de farvene.
Ha en fin kveld!

Photo Cache said...

Congratulations on your new "toys". I did the same thing when I got my macro lens :)

Pernille said...

Mye flott å finne i hagen. og Makro? Jeg har starta læringa! Min datter er læreren min for tiden, men dy så streng;) Nydelig pg kjempeklårt bilde hos deg, så trenger nok ikke neo lærer:)

Og ja vi glemmer kanskje bloggene vår. Vi har det jo så morro i klubben. Er så fornøyd der:)

Ha ei storkos helg, Rune:)

PERBS said...

I am envious and wish I had money to purchase new lenses etc. Oh well. . .

AVCR8TEUR said...

Nice picture. So what brand of toys did you buy?


great shot - mrs nesbitt's recipe looks good too

Anemone said...

Jøss ja... om vi hadde bytta yrker du, hadde det vel blitt vel mye rotfyllinger på Sotra, og paientene mine hadde blitt studert på utrolignært hold :-)))

Flott lørdag!!

Kate said...

It is a beautiful photo, clear and vivid in colour!