We have lots of Awesome Sauce put back, and a fair amount of plainer tomato sauce so the last batch of tomatoes from the garden went into ketchup. I juiced the crop with the machine and then boiled the juice down to the same concentration as in a can of tomato puree. While that was going on some spices were simmering in cider vinegar. I used allspice berries, fennel seed, celery seed, red pepper flakes, coriander seed, black peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, crushed cloves of garlic, dried basil, oregano, several slices of fresh ginger root, and a couple of bay leaves, all in about 3 cups of apple cider vinegar. By the time it had simmered for a half hour and the solids discarded there were 2 cups left. These spices were what I had on hand, and I should have added a couple of whole cloves and maybe an anise star. I strained everything to remove the solid material but wrapping it all in cheesecloth will work fine.
I started with 20 cups of the puree, added the 2 cups of the seasoned vinegar, and one cup of sugar. We debated using Splenda but went with granulated cane sugar. It still needed reducing to get thick and it was getting late so I put everything into a crockpot and left it on low overnight. Worked out well enough.Mrs J’s Famous Banana Bread. She pulled out all the stops for this one, adding raisins, chocolate chips, and pecans. The spread of Nutella was the perfect finishing touch.These Siamese mixes came into St Francis the other day. Mrs J was told they were part of a feral colony that was swept with a respiratory illness. The person who watches out for them noticed they were all feeling puny and brought in several for treatment. Cats generally respond well to antibiotics so these will probably be fine. Not sure if the newspaper caption was placed intentionally but it does make for a cute picture.Chili cheese fries! This is a chorizo/ground beef chili with beans on top of a batch of twice fried potatoes with minced onions and peppers for garnishes.And a couple of tostadas – one with chorizo sausage cooked with sliced peppers, the other is pinto bean and cheddar.
Posted on September 17, 2013, in Fun with Food, Garden, JeffreyW, Pets, Recipes and tagged banana bread, cats, catsup, chili cheese fries, habanero sauce, ketchup, nutella, shelter, tostadas. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.