So today was chilli cooking day.
I've been wanting to try out a family recipe from RJ's Grandmother for a few months now. Chilli Relish, that has to be about as simple as recipes come.
1 cup each of:
and a pinch of salt.
Put it all together in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.
Add a handful of your favourite herbs at the end if you like.
I added basil to one jar and sage to another.
I also cooked up a dose of the chilli jam (which, by the way, tastes great on a dollop of natural yoghurt) for RJ, but because I'm such a lackadaisical measurer and ended up with an extra cup or so of minced apple, I added the extra apple to the chilli mixture and then only put in 4 cups of sugar. I'm interested in seeing if RJ likes it better this way. I think I do.
These recipes are pretty much foolproof. I'm a bit of a slap dash cook in that I rarely measure anything properly and hardly ever bother to follow a recipe more than the occasional first time attempt at cooking something. Even allowing for this, these preserves turn out fine, so they get a thumbs up from me.
I give my jars a good wash and rinse, then half fill them with water and sterilise them in the microwave by bringing them to the boil for about a minute. The lids I wash and then pour boiling water over, just before screwing on.
Now the Chilli's have been dealt with, we seem to have accumulated a surplus of apples, so I'll have to find some ways to use them up.