green tomato & mint chutney

Green Tomato & Mint Chutney

it’d be an apt description to say that
i’m a Pragmatic Person
capable of viewing varying perspectives
down to earth
i pay bills every month
my grocery lists are documented based on
the locations of the ingredients in the store –
for efficiency.
i forgo the cute heels
for the more utilitarian flats
when going to the mall

but the thing is,
it’s all a farce
i’m really a friggin mess
i daydream,
my head is usually in the clouds
sometimes i make up stories
and i say them out loud,
the more far fetched the more likely
i’ll share it with people dw
i never allocate time or funds for
dry cleaning
and yet my closet is riddled with
chiffon, silks, and other lovely frocks
that shrink within 5 feet of a washer/dryer.
i spend chunks of my day
wondering why i can’t be a hobbit
living in the Shire,
reading under a tree by day
and drinking ale at night

and so with a practical mind
last Saturday i went to the market
to pick up our CSA stash
i mentally prepared the week’s meals,
calculating portions,
pantry availability,
that kind of thing
and then i saw green tomatoes,
the first of the season
and everything was forgotten
i nixed the beets that would’ve been two meals,
what with the ruby orbs AND leafy tops

by itself, it’s not an impractical purchase
green tomatoes are Summer,
and as such, should be sampled at least once
but we were in the midst of a heat wave
and i don’t know about you,
turning on the stove to dodge oil splatters
to fry up these little beasts is
So Impractical

Green Tomato & Mint Chutney

but i didn’t want them languishing on the counter,
eventually to rot,
or worse,
attracting those blasted fruit flies.
into a pot they went,
with skins,
simmered with mint
and this
and that
and then this chutney was born

beyond spreading it on toast, maybe,
or at best, on pork tenderloin,
(like how we did for dinner the other night)
i’m not sure what else we could do with
this condiment
practical and impractical indeed!

Green Tomato & Mint Chutney

Green Tomato + Mint Chutney
note: if i ever make this again, which let’s face it, i will when it appears again next summer, during a heatwave i’m sure, i would cut back to just one cup of sugar. it was just a smidge too sweet for my liking.

1 ¼ lb green tomatoes (washed & chopped)
1 jalapeno sliced, deseeded
½ cup herbs such as mint (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 inch piece ginger (chopped)
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBL soy sauce
2 cups organic sugar

in a food processor add the tomatoes, jalapeno, mint, &

pulse until desired consistency.

pour mixture into sauce pan and add remaining ingredients.

simmer on gentle boil until it’s reduced, about 45 minutes.

yields: 1 pint/ 16oz / 2 cups

serving size: 2TBL : calories: 36 | total fat: 0g | cholesterol: 0mg | sodium: 59.1mg | total carbs: 9g | protein: 0.2g | dietary fiber: 0.1g | sugars: 8.7g

14 thoughts on “green tomato & mint chutney

  1. this sounds like me! I’m very practical (mostly) but I also day dream alot, talk about my dreams aloud and I wouldn’t change it for anything! 🙂 Hello fellow practical dreamer!

  2. i love that you organize your grocery list dependent upon the layout of the store. i do the same and mr. often laughs at me for it.

    confession: i’ve only ever had green tomatoes fried. i clearly need to broaden my horizons.

    1. don’t get me wrong, i love me some fried green tomatoes, but somehow, this summer in the jar is making me feel good about the season passing…

  3. You pretty much elevated a green tomato from being a tasty fruit to being an elegant and what sounds like a ridiculously-delicious and necesary condiment! I bow to your talents. This sounds so flipping good! I want.

    PS, I would not mind being a hobbit either. Ale ftw

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