My tomato plants have been extremely productive and no way was I going to manage to eat all those tomatoes at the rate of one or two a day, so, never having done it before, I decided to make chutney. I downloaded a recipe and set to work chopping a kilogram of tomatoes, three onions, garlic, grating fresh ginger, adding sultanas, brown sugar and a whole bottle of vinegar, but right in the middle of it one of my partner's friend's arrived and I got very hot and bothered and irritated.
I wanted to yell, "Out of my kitchen!" because I was getting distracted, and Mr Grumpy kept getting in my way making cups of tea. But it's not my kitchen, it's his, so I carried on and managed to get everything in the pan.
The trouble really began when the visitor had gone. Then, he stood over me with a pitying expression, making comments starting with, "If I were you..." and "It would make your life easier if..."
"Just leave me alone to get on with it, will you?" was what I wanted to say, but he would keep interfering. I got so flustered that I burnt my fingers twice, but in the end I managed to get it all in the jars. I had a little taste and it was yummy.
It's going to be very frustrating having to leave it for a month before I can sample any. I suppose everyone reading this has made chutney before, probably many times, but it gave me a thrill to be making it with my own home-grown tomatoes. Thank heavens I'd saved some jars.
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