I LOVE chutney and the likes of Branson Pickle, but I know they are really just a jar of sugar. So I made my own version with agave syrup and it tasted really good! I didn’t have very high hopes, I have now spent the afternoon ‘trying’ it so I now have to make more seed biscuits as I have run out…
Green Tomatoe Chutney – 3 jars – 1h plus overnight soaking
I had lots of green tomatoes and wanted to use them, an old red onion and 4 small apples off one of the trees in my garden. This is how I did it:
- 1/2 liter of Green Tomatoes chopped
- 1 chopped red onion (large)
- 1 tbsp of salt
Mix the salt with the chopped onions and green tomatoes, cover in cling film and place in the fridge over night. The next day, drain but don’t rinse the onion and tomtaoe mix:
- 1/2 dl of agave syrup
- 2 dl of apple cider vinegar
Simmer these two so the agave is dissolved then add:
- Chop up 2 dl of raisins
- 2 apples – chopped
- After 10 minutes add the drained but not rinsed onion and tomatoe mix
- 1-2 dl of water to give it the right consistency
Simmer for minimum 1 hour – preferably more. Place in jars – steralise these by cleaning them properly and then place them in an oven at 140 degrees for a minimum of 10 minutes.
I think one of the most difficult things in changing the way you eat is doing so in ‘odd’ places when you are away from home. I am VERY able to eat a lot of rubbish unless I am very well prepared. Some of my safety foods are:
- Hardboiled eggs – comes in their own packaging… just don’t forget one at the bottom of your handbag…
- Smoothies – again tread carefully I forgot to put the lid on mine one day in my very nice handbag which had lots of nice little dark holes where smoothie can hide…
- Nuts, seeds and raisins – I sometimes have those kids pack of raisins around for a sweet fix.
- Banana chips
- For fika (coffee and cake) on the go I always have things in the freezer such as Chocolate snack bites, Energy Bars and I always keep a Frozzypack lid in the freezer so they don’t turn into a mush before they are to be eaten.
- Small pieces of seed bread – you always get a lot of small bits at the bottom of the tin which aren’t good for much, a handful of these are a great snack though.
I love breakfast! At the weekend I love to eat long breakfasts as I tend to have a smoothie during the week, but today I have my first meeting at 11.00 hence I am having some greek yogurt (Oatly does a dairy free substitute), fresh strawberries and muesli. I tend to burn my muesli as I always have 4 things on the go at any one time… This time I paid attention!
Muesli Deluxe (takes about 20 min)
Oven 120 degrees C
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Melt all of the above at a low heat until runny and mix it up. The add:
1 dl roughly chopped hazelnuts
5 dl oats
1/2 dl sesame seeds
1/2 dl linseeds
1/2 dl desiccated coconut
Try and cover as much of the mixture as possible with the mixture and then place in the oven for 10 minutes, mix it all up and put it in for another 5 min. Then let the muesli stay in the oven whilst the oven cools. Add 1 dl of raisins before you put it in a container.
Today is a bank holiday or a Red day as we say in Sweden hence Mr. M and I are drinking coffee and the kids are running around, as we were watching the bonfire late they are a little bit grumpy…
Today the stables 200m from our house has an open day (you have to have your own horse to ride their normally) hence we thought we would go along, they have Fika. If there is cake it is hard not to eat it… hence I thought I would bring mine, and if all fails have both!
Chocolate snack bites
2dl of mixed fruit soaked in some warm water for 10 min (I used 2 figs, handful of apricots and some raisins)
Mix this with a blender after soaking (remove the excess water first!)
Blend 1 dl walnuts and 1 dl of almonds (any nuts will do!) also I like it when still some chunks and bits of nuts.
Add mixture of the below dry ingredients to fruit paste:
- 1 tbs cacao
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbs linseeds
- 1 tbs sesame seeds
- 50 grams dark chocolate chopped
Roll in dessicated coconut (or decapitated as I thought it was called for many years) store in the freezer and take out a few minutes before eating. This is the problem of being a foreigner both in Scotland where I moved when I was 12 and now again feeling like one in my home country Sweden. Being away for 23 years means I am somewhat lost at times. For my friends who told me an Orgie was a lot like a melon before I was sent into the fruit shop as a 15 year old… I have not forgotten! 🙂