Wednesday, 21 May 2008

By the skin of my teeth . . .

I have been meaning to do my submission of Pixie's Putting Up event for ages but the thesis keeps getting in the way! So anyway here it is, onion and chilli marmalade. A while ago I made Jamie's pepper and chilli chutney from Jamie at Home which was wonderful. So I decided to make an onion marmalade with a bit a kick.

(Based on a Rachel Allen recipe)


  • 25 g butter
  • 675 g onions
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 100 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 6 red chillis
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add onions, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir, then cover and cook for 30 mins over a gentle heat stirring from time to time to prevent it sticking.

Char the chillies ( I do this on my gas hob). Then put them in a bowl and cover them with clingfilm. Scrap off most of the charred skin. Remove the seeds and slice the chillies.

Remove lid, add vinegar, wine and chillies and cook uncovered for 30 mins. Stirring every now and then. Pour into sterilised jars and cover while hot.

I used the marmalade for a fancy cheese on toast for lunch after a frustrating morning of thesis writing.

I just spread the onion marmalade on the toast and then covered with cheese and grilled. Yum yum.

I would say that there was probably just a tad too much chilli for me. Next time I will put just four in. My mum would love it. Maybe she might get the other jar. I am sure that she will thank Pixie for that. For my birthday, in March, I got a lovely chutney pan and I look forward to using it for the next event.


Pixie said...

Serena, a wonderful entry for the event. Thank you so much for entering and no worries- you're still on time.

Rosie said...

Hi Serena many thanks for partaking in this event a great entry.