Sunday, September 28, 2008

A long busy Texas & Mexico Summer!

Between travel & our trip home for some much needed home repairs & painting we ended our Summer on a very busy note. At one point in during the full scale painting & sheetrock work our crew was threatening to rudimentary Espanol came in handy then. Yes, I have picked up a few things living here in Mexico. (It's called Tex-mex for a reason!) I could see the handwriting on the wall & made nice with the painters each morning giving them encouragement & breakfast. We did have time with our 2 favorite girls but it was work, work & more work while we were in Texas. The "honey do" chores continue but once again we are back in Mexico~

The "Home" project has made us do some weeding out & going through 27 years of things somewhere between family "stuff" & junk. The up side to painting is that everything feels fresh & new once it is all put back in place. We are still getting there...

Since returning to Mexico I am once again keeping busy creating, cooking & doing what we do here South of the Border. This Chutney is excellent with Chicken, Lamb or Pork. It has a little more bite than a Major Grey's Chutney. Enjoy~
Spiced Mango Chutney
2 lbs chopped ripe mango
2 cups tart green apple, chopped
1 small red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, diced finely
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 small fresh jalapeno, diced & seeded
2 cups mascabedo sugar (raw sugar)
1 cup dried cranberries, soaked in boiling H2O
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, diced
1/2 tsp. mustard seed

Place all ingredients except Ginger & Cranberries in large dutch oven. Bring to low boil & lower heat to simmer. Cook Mango mixture for 30-45 minutes until the fruit is bubbly & rich golden color. Add the diced Ginger & drained Cranberries into the mixture. Immediately ladle Chutney into sterile pint or half pint jars, seal & close immediately. Process 15 minutes in hot water bath. Remove, cool jars & store.


Lauren said...

Looking at those photos of the house you'd think we did a major remodel! Can't wait to start the floors - another round of complete insanity will ensue I'm sure.

Dee said...

It was major! My head aches just thinking about it...

Carla Dallas said...

the chutney looks and sounds delish! where did you find those squat jars?

Nancy said...

Pass the do-nuts, sister!

Dee said...

Carla~believe it or not those are from Ball the canning jar company. They look really cute & the wide mouth makes them easy to fill.
Nancy~yes, I'll be passing those out again at the end of Oct. ha!

Kate said...

Wow, that was major work! We're about to launch into some painting and it has me all fretting over that! Thanks for the chutney recipe...sounds wondeful!

Pattie T. said...

Dee, I'm going to make this. Do you think I could use fresh cranberries since they're in season? Either way, I have both, but was wondering.

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