Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Working by timer

I'm so far behind on various projects that today I'm working by timer. I set the timer for 15, 20, or 30 minutes, depending on what the task is, and then I begin and try to do as much as I can within the allotted time. Right now I'm on a 15 minute timer, so that I don't get side-tracked.

I already got side tracked once when I was cleaning out the kitchen. I found 1 mango, 4 apples, half an onion, one tangerine, 5 baby plum tomatoes, all in various states of exhaustion. They were past being eaten raw, but not bad enough to throw away, so decided to make a chutney using all of my finds. I added 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of sweet chili sauce, a pinch of nutmeg, two pinches of ground cinnamon, 5 whole cloves, 3 whole cardamoms (cracked open so the seeds can fall out), about a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger, and enough water to cover, and then I brought it to the boil, lowered the heat, and simmered for about 30 minutes. Then I mashed it with a potato masher, and carried on simmering till it thickened to about the consistency of apple sauce. I had to fish around with the spoon to find and take out the cloves and the cardamoms, and then I had a taste.

Verdict: it's okay, nothing exciting, can't imagine what you'd eat it with, but I'll put it in a jar and refrigerate, and then if nobody's found a use for it after one month, I might end up binning it anyway.

I'd better post this now, because my timer is about to go off!


Donna said...

I suppose you could make a sauce, for roast, with it! Looks good! Have a happy day!

Betty said...

You are so creative and saving. I probably would have just thrown it all out, lol.

I also work by a timer at times. It's a really great way to get a lot done in a short period of time.

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Dabrah,
I have been offline for a couple of days and am trying to catch up with everyone now. Your Chutney sounds good. I've never had Chutney before, but I've seen them fix it on Food Network. I bet it will be good tho. I can't remember what you eat it with. LOL. It's been a while since I've seen a show on Food Network where they made the Chutney. You might check out their website and see what they recommend eating it with. I am okay. The Storms went to the North and South and East of us. We just got a little rain here. "THANK YOU" for being concerned. I will hopefully do a post in the morning. Take care my friend and have a great evening. You are more than Welcome for the Award. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.