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Tomato chutney

Ingredients: 

2kg green tomatoes
50ml olive oil
1kg onions (caramelised)
568ml vinegar
500g brown sugar
20g salt
2 x chillis
spices

storage jars, with lids - sterilised

Thinly slice the onions and place, with the olive oil, in a large heavy bottomed pan over a low heat fro one hour, stirring occasionally. The onions should be brown and the natural sugars released.

While the onions are cooking, roughly chop the tomatoes and prepare the jars.

To sterlilise the jars: clean and dry thoroughly and either, fill with boiling water and leave a few minutes, or place in a warm oven for 10mins.

When the onions are cooked, put the tomatoes and all the pther ingredients into the pan.

Cook over a low heat for at least 1.5 hours.

Aubergeine and ginger stew

Ingredients: 

1kg aubergine
5cm cube ginger
chilli powder to taste
2 cans good chopped tomatoes
olive oil
10g sugar
2g salt

Get the oven on - approx 160 degrees
Place a baking pan with some oil in
Chop the aubergines and throw into the oil.
Put back into the oven for 30-40mins.

Fry off the onions, add the chopped chilli and ginger and sugar. Add the aubergines from the oven, stir for about 2 mins, add the chopped tomatoes and salt.

Cook for a further 20mins.

Serve with rice and steamed greens.

Spicy tomato sauce

Ingredients: 

2kg very ripe tomatoes, skinned
500g shallots
25ml olive oil
10g sugar
1 whole bulb garlic
5g sumac
pinch chilli powder

Finely slice the shallots and fry in the olive oil in a deep, heavy bottomed pan.
Grate, press or very finely slice all the garlic cloves and add to the onions.
Fry together for 5mins, then add the sugar, sumac and chilli.

While frying, deskin and roughly chop the tomatoes. Then add to the onions.

Cook until reduced to your preference. The longer the sauce cooks the deeper and sweeter it will become (to a point).

Good with polenta cakes, on pizza or with pasta

red orach soup

Ingredients: 

red orach leaves
garlic
onion
oil
salt

fry up and mash
add water
stir

cucumber and chilli salad

Ingredients: 

one cucumber
juice of one lime
hot chilli sauce
black sesame seeds

With a potato pealer, finely slice a cucumber longways and arrange randomly on a plate.
Drench with lime juice
Surround with hot chili sauce and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
A fantastic contrast of hot, sweet and cool.