Ms. Balls (Homemade chutney)

chutney  Tried Tested
Folks, I’m so impressed with my wife’s skills in the kitchen. She got the Ms. Balls recipe from the web, modified it a bit, and spot-on!! So, I have my own chutney sweatshop in the house. Hats-off!!

Ingredients:
4 six ounce bags dried peaches (I found Sun Maid brand at Kroger);
12 ounce box of dried apricots (found these in the fresh foods at Kroger);
1 quart red or white wine vinegar;
4 cups water;
1 1/2 cups diced onion;
10 1/4 cups (5 lbs.) sugar;
2 cups boiling water;
2 1/2 cups white wine vinegar;
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce;
3 teaspoons salt;
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper.

Method:
Empty dried fruits and quart of white/red wine vinegar into a large glass bowl. Allow the fruit to soak overnight.
Pour fruit and vinegar into a large pot, add four cups of water to cover. Bring to a boil, then slightly reduce the heat and cook 20 minutes until soft.
Drain fruit and rinse with cold water to make it easier to handle when milling. I used my food processor to chop the fruit into puree. Return milled fruit to the pot and add the onion. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar with 2 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add this “syrup” mixture to the pot. Add the wine vinegar. Mix in Worcestershire sauce, salt and cayenne pepper.
Cook over medium-low heat for 2 hours stirring often to keep the sugar from sticking or burning in the bottom of the pot. Transfer cooked mixture into 18 sterile glass 1/2 pint jars and allow them to seal as they cool.

Received and posted on behalf and with the permission of:
Herman de Klerk and his wife Stacie
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Steel-Cut Oats breakfast in a jar

Steel-Cut Oats breakfast in a jar tt

5 pint-sized Mason jars with lids

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups steel-cut oats
4 cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
2ml Cinnamon

½ cup dried cranberries – add when you turn the heat off

Optional Mix-Ins
Yoghurt
Raisins or other dried fruit
Fresh berries
Nuts or seeds

Instructions
Bring the oats, water, salt and cinnamon to a boil. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes (depending on the consistency you like) then turn off the heat and add the dried cranberries and let is cool down.
Divide the oatmeal between the 5 jars. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for about an hour or until cool to the touch, then cap and refrigerate or as I have done, place in the freezer.
I usually take a jar out of the freezer and place it on the counter the evening prior to going to work in the morning, then quickly add my optional mix-ins into the jar, and off I go to work, with a yummy and delicious and hearty breakfast.  I usually add some nuts, yoghurt and frozen fruit.

Source: Combination of various recipes and adapted by Esmé’s kitchen

30 day Weet-Bix muffins

30 day Weet-Bix muffins   Tried Tested

If ever there was a breakfast super hero for busy moms, this recipe is it. Mix up a batch of this muffin batter and store it in the refrigerator and you can serve the family healthy fresh muffins each morning for breakfast, for their school lunchboxes or even when last-minute guests pop around for a cuppa. It’s a basic recipe that everyone needs to have so keep it in a safe place. And the best part, other than the smell of freshly baked muffins wafting through the house, is that you can make them as healthy as you like; chopped nuts, dried fruit, blueberries, seeds, grated carrot, and spices – the possibilities are endless.

2 cups crushed Weet-Bix
2 ½ cups nutty wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup coconut
1 cup fruit cake mix
2 eggs
1 ½ cups soft brown sugar
2 cups milk
½ cup oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

Combine the dry ingredients together well. Whisk the eggs, sugar, milk, oil and vanilla and add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Leave overnight in the fridge then fill greased muffin tins ¾ fill and bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Serve warm with a glass of fruit juice.

TIP: The muffin batter can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a month.

Source: The Recipe Hunter – Origin Unknown
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