So I've tried to start how I mean to go on with looking after the children. The second day Kirsty came over and we did some preserving. I'd been craving some more red onion chutney (simply the best thing you could ever put on pizza) and no matter how many jars of it that we make we eat them in no time at all!
We did buy the ingredients instead of growing them for this as we were trying to make a huge batch. I'm not sure either of us were firing on all cylinders though, I did have to laugh as Kirsty chucked all our chopped onions into a rough old bucket we'd got for the peelings! We had to start again with that lot!
The recipe for this chutney can be found here and I 100% recommend it as one of the nicest things I've ever made!
We also broke her food processor as it tried to process itself! Luckily she had another attachment to chop the onions or it might have been a much slower job.
We spent the whole morning doing it (along with making some sauce) and the four (my youngest had to stay with me) children got on brilliantly, they spent most of the day playing in the garden and the Wendy house, quite happy just to play while we got on with preserving. We did most of the processing outside (on our new, not finished, patio area), it'll be great to get a gas hob out there as well so on a hot day all the preserving could be done outside.
A morning well spent, each time we say we should make more but I was pleased with the amount we've got to put into the store.
A good way to spend a Friday morning with the children playing outside and us adults still being productive.
What's your favourite chutney recipe?