Sweet Apple & Ginger Chutney and Sheep Soaps and The Campaign for Wool

Here is a delicious recipe that I first saved from the newspaper whilst we were on holiday this summer- I don’t know where it went, but when we came home it was missing. I knew I wanted to use this recipe for this year’s Christmas presents, and luckily happened to mention it to a fellow chutney enthusiast! Mrs Musgrave in Ireland duly came to the rescue and photocopied it for me, having seen the same article… having finally managed to make the chutney on Saturday morning, I can definitely confirm it was worth waiting for!
In the words of the recipe “This makes a beautiful peachy-coloured preserve, neither too sweet nor too acid, with a gentle kick from the ginger”.

Sweet Apple and Ginger Chutney
Makes a generous 2 pints (I doubled it to make about 10-12 jars)

3lb British dessert apples
1lb onions
4oz crystallised ginger
2 cloves garlic
1.5lb granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 pint vinegar (I used White Wine vinegar)

Peel, core and chop the apples into peanut sized pieces. Chop the onions to the same size. Finely chop the crystallised ginger and mince the garlic.
Place all the ingredients in a large pan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil. Cook until the mixture is so thick that, when you draw a spoon across the bottom of the pan, you can see the base for a full second before the chutney covers it again.
Carefully fill the chutney into hot, clean jars and top with a disc of waxed paper. Cover with lids or clear seals and store in a cool dark place.

Last week was very worthwhile- We have spent quite some time trying to find some Sheep Soaps for Christmas and, at last, on Friday a consignment duly arrived all the way from Austria. We now have a gorgeous big box full of chunky sheep shaped soaps that we can add to our product range in time for Christmas. With a likely price of £3.50 each, we hope they will be a perfect little gift for everyone. Within the next two weeks, Sally and I will be wrapping and packing some to be ready for the Cheltenham Gift Fair which is on 28th and 29th October. We may even wrap them and pack them in wool, which links in nicely to:

Wool Week was very well supported and we were very pleased to be invited to an event in London where we were given a gorgeous pop-up display by the Wool Campaign to help spread the wider word about the benefits of wool. As suppliers of licensed Woolmark products, we are proud to sell the highest quality wool from a particular specialist licensed manufacturer. Sadly this is not the case with many competitive wool products on the market and we were really pleased to have our commitment to genuine quality noticed and acknowledged.

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