Friday, 17 June 2022

Spicy Tomato Relish - By Long Track Pantry

I finally got to visit Long Track Pantry when we took our road trip to Canberra last month.  I've been buying online from them for years, so it was great to finally get there.  There is almost nothing in the tiny, wee town of Jugiong except them and a few holiday cottages for rent.  Rather expensive holiday cottages I might add.  Fortuitously, Long Track emailed out their tomato relish recipe recently, so voilà, here we have it.  And it worked brilliantly; it tastes just like theirs (funny that).

We had a great road trip down to Canberra, where we visited our nephew and his hubby.  We met up with a Brisbane friend who flew down, so we could all go to the National Portrait Gallery (London) exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra).  We had a fab weekend, visiting a number of galleries and eating Turkish food on election night.  There was just we three eating in, as I assume locals were glued to their tv's (yes, you do need an apostrophe here), watching the election results.  Yay Labour got in!  This is a sweet relish, my friends, and very delicious.  You could try making it with slightly less sugar, but somehow it all melds together at the end. 



relish on the way!


Makes 2 jars X 250 mL/7 oz

ingredients:

1 kg/2.2 lb tomatoes - any kind, any size

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp whole cloves (yes, really!)

1 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp sea salt

a big pinch of cayenne or up to 1 Tbs of chilli flakes

1/2 cup (125 mL) white wine vinegar

200g./7 oz white sugar or caster sugar


Method:

First blitz your tomatoes in a food processor, or mash them up really, really well - with gusto, as Mr P. says

Put everything except the sugar into a large saucepan

Simmer gently for 30 minutes

Then stir in the sugar, bring back to the simmer and let it simmer away for another 30 mins. or so - mine took a bit longer to thicken up, so about 1 hour 10 mins.  Be aware that this is a loose relish, so it won't thicken up like a chutney or jam

Spoon/pour into sterilised jars or bottles; seal and whack into the pantry or fridge, depending on which climate you reside in :-)

Will keep for a year apparently, but not in our household - we love it!


gather your ingredients

blitz your tomatoes

chuck everything bar the sugar into the saucepan

and simmer

then bottle or should I say - jar it?

and whack on a label :-)



© Sherry M.

32 comments:

  1. The tomato relish sounds delicious. As soon as tomato season starts, I'm going to give this a try. Love your personalized labels.

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    1. it's a very tasty relish Anon! thanks re labels.

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  2. That's a cute label, Sherry. Bet the tomato relish tastes fantastic!

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  3. It looks delicious! I made tomato jam. It is delicious on toasted bread with a strong cheese.

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  4. Hi Sherry, for some reason this is the only way I can comment. Anyway, the tomato relish looks delicious and your label is adorable.

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    1. hi there Anon - bernadette? gerlinde? thanks for persevering. and thanks re label. Hubby makes them for me.

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  5. That label looks fun, Sherry! So glad you had a great vacation, and this tomato relish looks fantastic. I don't think I've ever made tomato relish before...but now it's on the list to try!

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    1. thanks david. you must make this. it's a winner!

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  6. This sound really good. Particularly like the addition of allspice and ground ginger. Nice!

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    1. hi KR. yes it has a deliciously spicy taste to it. all those cloves ...

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  7. I would enjoy this when Michigan tomatoes are available. I thought I read some where that it was winter in Australia?

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    1. absolutely it's winter here but of course tomatoes are year-round these days! we do have many different growing zones here from sub tropical to tropical to temperate!

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  8. TOMATOES ARE A FRUIT!!! So this sounds like a perfect relish, with some of the elements, like sweet and sour, that are characteristic of chutney. Neat idea. It sounds as if it would be good with cheese.

    best...mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. yes indeed they are Mae. it is a good relish even if kinda sweet. but we love it!

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  9. Looks like a tasty condiment.
    No, you don’t need an apostrophe at all!

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    1. thanks. yes you do need one - in aussie grammar anyway. When you use an acronym in lower case and you make it plural, the apostrophe is necessary. I can't speak for american grammar :-)

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  10. This looks delish, Sherry. We don't get good tomatoes till mid/late August but I'm saving this one. You could probably freeze in freezer bags, too. What do you suggest serving it with (condiment for burgers or sandwiches, over something like pork chops or chicken?)

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    1. yes I do just that. I zap tomatoes in the food processor and freeze them. so handy. yep we had it with sausages and on sandwiches...

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  11. The pub there is also nice. It's lovely to be sitting by the fireplace there. Thanks for sharing this recipe-people love their stuff!

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    1. i do love a pub with a fireplace not that we have them here in sunny brissie. this is a great relish!

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  12. I always make my Mum's Tomato Relish recipe which I vow and declare is the best I have ever had, but this one has me intrigued, and I will be making a batch when I get back home eventually. All those spices offset by the sugar, sounds glorious. I always feel I have to blanch the tomatoes and remove the skin as per Mum's recipe, but the food processor idea sounds great Sherry. How fabulous they gave you the recipe, and so pleased you had a good holiday. I'll have to do some shopping at Long Track Pantry. And yes thank goodness, labour won the election. Big changes for the best happening already.

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    1. this one is a good one pauline. so easy to make and tastes delicious. uurrggh no to blanching tomatoes :-) And yay to Labour winning.

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  13. This would be perfect topped on our burgers this weekend. Lovely!

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  14. What an interesting relish! Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. This sounds fantastic, Sherry - save the garlic. Cloves and tomatoes are one of my fav combinations - ever since I was a kid. Go figure. I will be making a batch of this!

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    1. no garlic for you? i adore it! yes the cloves are a wonderful surprise here.

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  16. This looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait for my tomatoes to ripen. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks!

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