“There was an Old Person of Putney,
Whose food was roast spiders and chutney,
Which he took with his tea,
within sight of the sea,
That romantic Old Person of Putney.”

Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his ‘literary nonsense’ & limericks (1812-1888)

Following straight after the kick off of the English football season is the inevitable glut of fresh and ripe Andalucían fruit and vegetables.

Friends and neighbours donate copious amounts of their surplus tomatoes, figs, plums, grapes, etc. I’m sure the kitchens and garages in my village are alive with little old ladies preserving their produce by one means or another. I know my next door neighbour, Rosa, is busy preserving tomatoes as she gave me a couple of jars of pulped tomatoes recently and Encarni asked me if I wanted fig rolls. I am not fond of fig rolls but I do adore figs – thanks anyway Encarni.

A commenter asked me what is the difference between chutney and jam and my view is that chutney is savoury, often sweet and savoury, whereas jam is usually sweet with fruit. Chutney uses vinegar and sugar as preservatives and jam simply uses sugar.

Unlike pickle or jam; chutney is not usually spread on bread but served as a condiment to cheese or meat.

Jam is always made with fruit but chutney is fruit and vegetables.

A side note: Chilli jam isn’t spread on bread but restaurant owners prefer to write up their menus with chilli jam rather than chilli chutney. Why, because it sounds better? I don’t know but I admit to having made chilli chutney and labelling the jar chilli jam.

And now I think I have got chutney making out of my system for the time being until my neighbours donate quince, prickly pears, pomegranates and more figs.

And here is a reminder:

Dark & Sticky Fig and Grape Chutney

Sweet & Sour Tomato Chutney

Pineapple and Mango Chutney

Hot and Sweet Plum & Raisin Chutney

Spicy Carrot & Apple Chutney

Sweet Potato & Pear Chutney