But as sad as I feel about summer coming to an end I can't help but be excited because I love autumn. I love everything turning brown, the first day you see your breath in the air, the empty beaches, the amazing autumn light. I think this is the first year I have made chutney so early but arriving back from holidays to huge marrows and a tree full of apples I had to get on it....
1kg apples cored (but leave the peel on)
1 1/2 kg courgettes (or marrows) I used a mixture of yellow and green
100g dried apple slices
300ml cider vinegar
400ml white wine vinegar
1 mug water
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp all spice berries
2 sticks cinnamon
3 balls of stem ginger in syrup
2 tsp dried chilli
You'll need a really big heavy based pan for this. Chop the fruit and vegetables into rough chunks and pop in the pan. Add all the other ingredients.
Mix with your hands.
Pop on the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and boil for about 2 hours or until a rich dark brown.