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Scrap Happy December-2018

One thing I love about Christmas is the chance to get out my leftover, red, green, white and black yarn for some Christmas knitting.

The UK Hand Knitting Association had asked for some little stockings for them to distribute to care homes etc, and you could drop them off at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show.

So I did. Then the library was putting together a hamper to raffle, so I just kept going.

One little stocking and a Father Christmas with a jar of homemade chutney. Kathy asked for the recipe for the chutney, so here it is.

Boxing Day Chutney ( spicy fruit chutney)

2lb/900g onions sliced
2lb cooking apples chopped
1 pkt/340g cranberries
2pints cider vinegar
2oz/50g fresh root ginger(before peeling) finely diced
1tbsp coarse sea salt
tsp mixed spice
zest of 2 oranges

2lb naturally dried apricots chopped
1 pkt dates (175g/60z) pitted and chopped
1lb raisins
Juice of 8 oranges/1 pint orange juice

2lb white sugar.

Place all the first ingredients in a saucepan gently bring to the boil.

The object is to let the onions go transparent, the cranberries start to pop and the apple break down. You donโ€™t want to lose all texture so a 5 min simmer once at boiling point should do. Remember to stir.
In a separate bowl mix the dried fruit and pour over the orange juice. Stir well. The mixture should absorb all the orange juice in approx 20 mins
The dried fruit can be done before the ingredients for cooking to save time.
Add the marinated fruit to the saucepan with the sugar.
Stir well and bring back to boiling point, stirring all the time. Donโ€™t leave the saucepan at this time or the contents will catch and taint the chutney. The free liquid will start to thicken quite quickly and the chutney can then be bottled. Lid immediately.

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Comments on: "Scrap Happy December-2018" (37)

  1. Love the bottom right stocking xxx

  2. Just saved your chutney recipe, in case… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Very kind of you (and the rest of the group). Sweet Christmas stockings and Father Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  4. The chutney sounds delicious, I might just pick some fruit up from the market on Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. There will be people smiling and happy because of your lovely knitting!

  6. Another great scrap happy project! I really, really like your fabulous Father Christmas!

  7. Love your little stockings, and for such a good cause! Thank you for the recipe, I am going to try making some of this, a small batch as DH now informs me that he hates chutney, but I’ve never had it, so I think I’ll make a batch and share it with the neighbors!

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve made many a jam and jelly, but never a chutney, so I should try this! Your little stockings are so cute!

  9. deemallon said:

    The house must smell amazing making the chutney (after some of the vinegar boils off, that is). I may have to give it a try. Love the inclusion of apricots.

  10. To be able to take scraps of yarn and turn it into such clever items, and to do it for good causes–that’s awesome!

  11. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Love your Christmas stockings! And your chutney sounds delicious.

  12. Agreeing with all of the above! xx

  13. I too love the little Santa -I’ve been admiring your header pic for some time now and meaning to ask if you had made them. Is it your own pattern or available anywhere? I also admire how you are so active in your local charities, such a good heart!

    • Thanks, yes I made both the elf and the Santa. The Santa no longer lives with me, but I still have the elf. I’ll find the pattern numbers and let you know.

  14. Thant’s a fun collection of stockings!

  15. You have captured the best spirit of the holiday — homemade gifts made with love, to share with those who might otherwise be forgotten, and other good causes!

  16. I love the little stockings and the tiny Santa. So cute .

  17. oooh you’ve been knitting for a good cause! these are lovely!

  18. Oo I might have to give the chutney a go and those little festive knits are gorgeous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Love the mini Santa ๐Ÿ˜—and I’ve shown the recipe to the resident chutney maker.

  20. Awww, that teeny Santa is so cute! Love your scrappy Christmas knitting ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. They are adorable Cathy โค Thanks for the recipe xx

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