Last week, after a little rummaging around, I found a chutney recipe that used green tomatoes. I guess it’s about time to finish off with the green tomato glut by late November. So on the heels of Thanksgiving, I got my canning equipment out again and started to work.
The recipe called for 6 cups of chopped green tomatoes. I definitely had that. It also called for an onion, some packed brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, salt, and a cup of vinegar. The full recipe is in Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan, who also has a blog.
I cooked it up for the required amount of time. It took a little more than an hour to get it boiled down to the proper consistency.
Eventually, I poured it into jars and boiled them for 10 minutes and voila! I already had enough pickled green tomatoes. Now I just need to figure out what I would eat chutney with…
I’ve also begun to think about decorating a bit for Christmas. Back in October, Bianca of Wolfberry Knits blogged on using tea light containers for Christmas decorations. Her stars are fabulous. I need a little practice. Also to burn more tea lights so I can have a full swag of them.
And for those of you who went through the coat saga with me back in June and helped choose its buttons in late September, here is the finished coat! I’m quite pleased with it. There have actually been a couple days recently that required it.
This morning, I had another walk with a friend around Roosevelt Island. We saw ducks again, a group of birders looking for a yellow bellied sapsucker, and miracle of miracles, a great blue heron. Now there’s nothing particularly miraculous about seeing one of those, but we saw this one grab a fish, grapple with it, and swallow. It was amazing. And today I had made a deliberate decision not to lug a camera…So you’ll just have to imagine the heron’s throat expanding and shrinking back into shape as the fish went down.