This easy to make tomato chutney recipe is great for using up unripe tomatoes.
As the proverbial phrase goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
More precisely, when snapped tomato plants give you semi-ripe tomatoes, make chutney.
Last weekend, the heatwave finally broke and as many did, I savoured the refreshing rain that fell. However, it came with the wind as its sidekick. This combination provided the first storm since the winter and the first test of the newly constructed polytunnel.
After the storm, I apprehensively headed to the allotment. However, my eyes lit up and there was even a little fist pump. The polytunnel still stood and from the outside, I saw no damage.
Unfortunately, the relief ended when I opened the door. Three snapped strings hung from the polytunnel frame and the plants they once held lay looking very sorry for themselves across the floor.
In that moment of horror, I couldn’t work out what had happened. Vandalism? Thankfully, we don’t get many incidents of that on our site and when I took some time to think things through, I knew it was down to the the frame being a little wobbly.
The polytunnel is anchored but it does wobble in the wind. As the strings were attached to the frame, a good ole shake had caused them to snap. It’s frustrating. But, with every disaster you learn how to make things better.
While I ponder on the solution for the shaky polytunnel frame, here’s what I did with the semi-ripe tomatoes.
(Makes 3.3 kg)
I love a good chutney and I will take a huge amount of pleasure enjoying this with some mature cheddar or cold meat over the autumn and winter. Every cloud has a silver lining, right?
I love to hear what you think? Have you had any garden disasters and turned them into something delicious? Let me know in the comments below.
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