Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tomato Relish

Relishes tend to be half way between a chutney and a pickle, using the same kinds of fruit and vegetables although the texture tends to be different.  I have used a lot of different recipe books over the years and adapted a lot of them to suit my needs, it seems to work.  A lot of you asked for the recipe for the tomato relish I made last week so here it is.

This uncooked relish will mature in the jar and you will be able to eat it after about 6 weeks giving you a really fresh Summery taste.  It will make about 5lbs.

4lbs ripe tomatoes
11/2lbs onions
1 tablespoon salt
3 celery sticks
1 large red pepper
1lbs caster sugar
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
3/4pint distilled malt vinegar (white)

De skin the tomatoes and onions and finely chop, mix together in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and leave overnight.

Rinse the tomatoes and onions through a colander and leave to drain.
Finely chop the celery.  De seed the pepper and finely chop.  Mix together in a bowl with the sugar mustard seeds and vinegar.
Add the tomatoes and onions and mix well.
Ladle into clean sterilized jars and cover.
Label with contents, leave to mature for 6 weeks and enjoy.
I had a stroll around the local car boot sale yesterday and got lucky with some more preserving jars.
This box of three was bought for 50p.
20 small jars were secured for 5p each, £1 in total.

I think they are empty baby food jars so quite small but perfect to make some pickles/jams for friends/neighbours for Christmas.  Covered with a nice checked cloth or burlap they will look pretty and let people know we are thinking of them.  Made with love.
Thank you for all your lovely comments about the rag dolls/tooth fairies.  I have yet to make one for a boy but I am going to make for Hector.  A rounder face, short hair and boys clothes should do it.  I will let you see how it turns out, although it may be a while as I have a lot of gifts to make.
Thank you for all your suggestions regarding the white stripes on my feet, I have been in the garden minus the flip flops and intend to get some fake tan when I go shopping and give it a try.  The sales are on at the moment so I may take a look for a fancy pair I would then be ready for next year.
See you soon.


  1. Thank you.....I may well have a bash at making some of that-x-

  2. Yum, it looks delicious, and so easy to make too.

  3. Your dolls are adorable! Thank you for sharing the recipe to your wonderful looking relish!

  4. The chutney sounds good, unfortunately my husband just doesn't like tomatoes in any form, except for catsup.

  5. I always love the way homemade preserves and relishes look in jars. I think they would be a lovely gift anytime. Lucky you found those jars.
    xx Beca

  6. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks and sound appetizing!

  7. The tomato relish sounds wonderful! Thank you for the recipe, my friend.

    And your rag dolls are just precious! Hugs to you!

  8. thank you for this recipe - i will be saving it to try.
    i cant wait to see how your little boy "rag-doll" will turn out!

  9. This looks so delicious ♥


  10. Delicious relish! I'm sure I'd love it with a fresh burger!
    The dolls are really sweet!
    Best wishes

  11. The jars will make lovely gifts with homemade goodies in them.

  12. Yum! The tomato relish looks so good. I have about 1/4 bushel of green beans to blanch and freeze tomorrow. Perfect for wintertime eating. :-)

  13. Yum...they look delish ! xx

  14. The relish sounds great. I love those jars with the blue gingham tops. I needs some like that. Cute. Your tooth dolls a sweet. With love Janice

  15. I am not so keen on relish, but I like your dolls !

  16. Your relish sounds great! Doll which you have made looks beautiful.

  17. The method you use for the tomato relish is very similar to the method my mother used for Lady Ashburnham pickles/relish. I love that stuff on burgers or hotdogs or with baked beans.

    Hope that you can get your foot tan to even out...

  18. Well, I have learnt something ! I have always thought that chutneys, pickles and relishes were the same. To my defense, we don't eat many things in vinegar in France except little cornichons... Your relish looks so fresh, very summery indeed ! xx

  19. Well prepared for future meals !
    I usely make tomato sauce.
    I'm currently making a jam top cover with tutorial as you asked...
    Have a lovely day !

  20. You're so industrious! I look forward to seeing your little boy tooth fairy doll. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  21. I love a good bargain, especially when it's something so useful. Beautiful dolls, such a lovely idea xx

  22. Thank you for the recipe, I thinks I have all the ingredients in my fridge now, and I have spare jars. Will give it a go.
    Sandra 🍅

  23. I like the look of that because it looks more fresh. I made beetroot chutney and plum jam this week. Bloke has made wine with blackberries so we are all over it! Jo x