Appledore Chutney

Chutney, home cooking, fresh vegetables, clever cooking, allotments,

Support your local charities

In towns and villages all over Britian, you will find people growing vegetables, whether it be on an allotment, in their back gardens or in grow bags on the patio. If you are a gardener you will be well aware of gluts! Gluts, for the uninitiated, are those piles of fruits and veg that you just cannot eat, pickle or turn into jam. This occurs not because they have gone bad, but because you just can’t take anymore. You have eaten enough, you have binged on courgettes, lettuce or tomatoes for the last month and are heartly sick of them.

Chutney, home cooking, fresh vegetables, clever cooking, allotments,
Support your local charities.

If visited Appledore, North Devon, for your holidays this year, you may have noticed the house above as you meander down the hill into the beautiful village. The two brothers who live there, spend hours on their allotment, each year, tilling, weeding, sowing & planting, producing copious amounts of fresh fruit and veg. As they grow more than they can eat, they display their wares outside their house, asking for donations to North Devon Children’s Hospice, in return for their fresh, unadulterated pro What can be more perfect than to know you are eating fresh, homegrown veg and also supporting such a worthy cause?

Chutney, home cooking, fresh vegetables, clever cooking, allotments,
Freshly made, smoky, spicy chutney

Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of a jar of shop bought chutney? It may or may not suprise you to know that the first listed ingredient is sugar! – ingredients have to be listed in quantity order. – Are you surprised to know that you are eating a jar of sugar, with some veg thrown in! and you thought it was one of your seven a day. Well, having purchased my fresh Appledore grown fruit a veg, I set about creating a smoky, spicy chutney, in which the main ingredient is not sugar. (Recipe below)

Chutney, home cooking, fresh vegetables, clever cooking, allotments,
Freshly chopped chutney ingredients.

Appledore Chutney

Makes 4kg GF, DF, V, Vegan Allergens: chilli, celery. Time taken 20mins + cooking. Equipment: Large Saucepan, Sterilised Jars

  • 2kg Red Tomatoes. Cored & Chopped
  • 1kg Mixed Peppers. Deseeded
  • 1kg Carrots, grated.
  • 5 Sticks Celery. Chopped
  • 0.5kg Onions.Peeled & Quarted
  • 1kg Cooking Apples. Cored & Chopped
  • 4 Cloves of garlic. Peeled
  • 3 Fresh Chillies. Deseeded
  • 500ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 500ml Malt Vinegar
  • 1kg Soft light brown sugar
  • 2tbspns Sea Salt
  • 2tbspns Paprika
  • 2tbspns Ground Cumin
  • 2tbspns English Mustard
  • 2tbspns Worcestershire Sauce
  • 150ml Tomato Paste
  • Bunch of fresh Thyme. Tied together.


Place onions, chillies and garlic in a food processor & pulse until finely chopped. Place in large saucepan with the rest of the fruit & veg.

Pour over the malt vinegar. Cover & simmer until the onions are soft.

Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the relish has a jam like consistency. Remove the thyme bunch. Pot & cover. Leave for a couple of weeks to mature.

Chutney, home cooking, fresh vegetables, clever cooking, allotments,
The heats on.

Never going to make your seven a day, but it is homemade, from fresh locally grown fruit & veg. Has a lower sugar content than shop bought tracklements AND doesn’t contain additives or preservatives.

Just think how good they will look lined up on your kitchen shelf. Also how good you will feel knowing the money you spent on the produce will go to a good cause and not to a greedy Supermarket. Enjoy.

P.S. I do not peel my fruit and veg as it adds fibre to the finished chutney.

Published by

TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: