Warm and sweet, bright red, pepped up with fresh chilli and a whisper of some of my favourite spices.
The perfect way, as temperatures in the greenhouse slide and my plants begin to wither, to cram the last few rays of summer sun in a jar, to be savoured throughout the winter.
Great with cold meats, hot meats, fish, goats cheese... well anything! A kind of grown up tomato ketchup.
1 kilo tomates,
(plum tomatoes are especially good, with their dense sweet flesh and scant pips)
140g (1/2 cup) white sugar
1 fresh chilli, finely chopped (optional)
2 cardamom pods, seeds finely ground
3 cloves, finely ground
freshly ground sea salt and black pepper to taste
Roughly chop the tomatoes and mix in a bowl with the sugar. Ideally leave overnight for the sugar to draw out the juice from the tomatoes.
Transfer to a heavy bottomed pan and add the chilli, ground cardamom and cloves, salt and pepper.
Simmer for about 20-30 minutes over a gentle/medium heat to thicken, stirring regularly.
Leave to cool slightly then pot into warm sterilised jars.