Now don't they look just darling?
My sister McD and her partner Dinzie sent us a package the other day. I was scared (after some warning texts from my sister) that the parcel was either going to contain a rather large pumpkin, or Dinzie! ... Instead, inside were five, glimmering jars full of golden and ruby-red delights ... Tomato Tumeric Chutney, Beetroot Relish, Tomato Chutney, Tomato and Marrow Chutney and Blackberry Jam.
We have personally sampled each jar. The verdict? Yummy, tasty, spicy and more-ish. I have just made my lunch for tomorrow ... cold chicken and beetroot relish in one sandwich and cold lamb and tomato and marrow chutney in the other. (But my favourite is the tomato chutney; it's truly something special. Probably a secret recipe!) Wikipedia tells me: ' The Hindi translation of "to make chutney" is a common idiom meaning "to crush". This is because the process of making chutney often involves the crushing of ingredients together.' Also from Wikipedia; 'A relish is a cooked pickled, chopped vegetable or fruit food item which is typically used as a condiment. The item generally consists of discernible vegetable or fruit pieces in a sauce, although the sauce is subordinate in character to the vegetable or fruit pieces. But after reading up on relish and chutney, I still don't really know the difference! (And that's without throwing pickles into the mix.)
McD and Dinzie have spent the best part of a year now growing their own vegetables, first of all putting in a mammoth effort to clear a whole bank of gorse (where rats had been happily building nests!) for their garden. You can follow the progress and results on Dinzie's blog.