Okay. It’s time for some good stuff.

A number of you sent lovely replies to me regarding my hiatus.  One suggestion I will probably take up, in a bit, is just posting Krugman’s columns and blog.  But in a bit…

I thought we could all use some time to focus on some nice things.  One of the things that makes me happy is being in the kitchen.  I just finished making a double batch of Sweet and Spicy Apple Chutney for our church’s Fall Fair.  It’s delicious, and here’s the recipe if you want to try it yourself:

Sweet and spicy apple chutney

2 cups cider vinegar (475 ml)

2 cups light brown sugar (475 ml)

5 garlic cloves

2 oz fresh ginger, peeled and sliced or coarsely chopped (about 55 – 60 grams)

1½ tsp salt (8.5 grams)

1 tsp chile flakes (7 grams) — or to taste, and this can be omitted

2 lbs Granny Smith apples (1 kg)

1½ cups golden raisins (350 ml), or half golden raisins and half dried cranberries

2 sticks cinnamon (about 3” or 7.5 cm each)

2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds (30 ml)

Place vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, salt and chile flakes in blender.  Puree on medium-high until smooth, about 1 minute.

Peel and core apples.  Dice apples into about ¼ inch cubes (no need to be precise).  I usually dice mine finer, but this too is to taste and preference.

Combine apples, raisins, cinnamon, and mustard seeds in a large saucepan.  Pour in the vinegar blend.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until almost all the liquid is reduced, about 25 minutes.  Remove the cinnamon sticks, turn off the heat, and allow to cool.

Makes about 3 cups (700 ml), which can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Serve cold, warm, or at room temperature.  Good with pork chops, on a cheese board, or on a grilled cheese sandwich.

I’ve doubled this recipe (people keep asking for it!) and it worked fine.

It actually lasts longer than 2 weeks in the fridge — if you can resist eating it.  We’ve also enjoyed it with grilled chicken, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it weren’t great on vanilla ice cream.

I cook a lot, and I’m more than willing to share recipes if you’re interested.  Ask in the comments if you want a recipe for something that I might be good at.  (One caveat — I don’t do fish.  My poor mother was from Maine and loved all kinds of fresh and saltwater seafood.  To her horror I emerged from the womb loathing it all…)

Also, on particularly bad days I’ll supply Emergency Kittens:

Try the chutney — I’ll bet you’ll enjoy it.  Or come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Savannah in 2 weeks and buy some!  Next I think I’ll share my most popular cookie recipe.

Have a happy day.

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7 Responses to “Okay. It’s time for some good stuff.”

  1. Ed Tracey Says:

    Kittens (emergency or not) are always a good idea.

  2. Sharon Sells Says:

    OH HOW WONDERFUL…will make the M Savannah Chutney TODAY! Was so glad to see your post…Krugman idea…perfect!

    BTW, try roasting red grapes….awesome, something sweet and healthy back at ya!

    https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/how-to-roast-grapes-and-what-to-do-with-them-article

    On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 9:06 AM, Marion in Savannah wrote:

    > mgpaquin posted: “A number of you sent lovely replies to me regarding my > hiatus. One suggestion I will probably take up, in a bit, is just posting > Krugman’s columns and blog. But in a bit… I thought we could all use > some time to focus on some nice things. One of th” >

    • mgpaquin Says:

      OOOHH… Thanks, Sharon! They sound wonderful. I’ll be trying them over the weekend, since we have some nice grapes in the market now and we do our shopping on Friday morning.

  3. Frank D Briggs Says:

    I’m so glad you didnt sign off with “have a blessed day”. I’m in central Oklahoma, actually Marrie Fallin’s home town, and I’m so sick of hearing that frase. These Trump supporters love saying it.

    I like custard and micrwaves, you got any recipes for that?

  4. Frank D Briggs Says:

    I hope you will forgive my terrible grammar in my previous comment. I had surgery to remove some cancer in my mouth and am on pain pills. 0.o

    I’ll try again:
    I’m so glad you didn’t sign off with “have a blessed day”. I’m in central Oklahoma, actually Mary Fallin’s home town, and I’m so sick of hearing that frase. These Trump supporters love saying it.

    I like custard and microwaves, you got any recipes for that?

    • mgpaquin Says:

      Frank — thanks for your comment! Hope your mouth feels better soon, and that the cancer is all gone. I mostly use the microwave for utilitarian things like melting butter, heating up leftovers, etc., but I do use it to cook vegetables. I’ve got a lovely recipe for panna cotta (easy peasy too) that I’ll put up some time. Thanks again — and feel better soon.

  5. Tony Says:

    We have been together for so long in here through your volunteer work , providing the articles hidden behind those walls of privilege and money we do not have. We have been with each other with our immaterial soul and the purest spirit. In reality nothing else matters in the end of days. Thanks you so much for your huge gift. Other then admiration for you effort, only can I have this infinite sense of gratitude and warmth in my heart, you provided and nurtured everyday. Please come back when you feel that you want to do it. I do want to be with you as long as you can.
    Love
    Tony

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