Tomato & Apple Chutney (great for gifts!)

I love the lead up to Christmas. It’s always so manic and busy but I love it all the same. This week, to add to all the Christmas fanfare, we were invited to our very first Pickle Club. We had heard about this famous gathering of pickles before we moved up to Melbourne and were both looking forward to our first event.

So here’s the deal. You make 6 jars of delicious homemade pickles (or chutney, relish, jams, cordials, pesto…. anything that keeps) and then swap them for 6 other amazing jars of varied goodness.  Pretty simple!

There were so many mouth watering flavours to choose from.  It was so hard to choose only 6!  After much deliberation we chose: Coriander, Kaffir Lime & Chili Pesto, Lemon Curd, Pickled Shallots, Apricot & Honey Jam, Mango & Strawberry Cordial & Roasted Tomato and Chilli Relish. Yuuu-um!

There was even a mini pop-up shop at Pickle Club! Our creative friend Milly isn’t only the best cook this side of Melbourne but she’s a ‘crafty’ little devil too! She has made a range of beautiful little Christmas decorations available in all sorts of shapes and sizes. She’s currently selling them for $6 each (bar-gain!) so get your mitts on some (message me and I can give you the details). I’ve also been advised there may be discounts if buying in bulk. (Photos below)

I’m also extremely excited to be heading home to Hobart for Christmas! Yiippppeeee!  Christmas drinks on Salamanca Lawns (a yearly tradition), The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Taste of Tasmania (mmmm… yummy food and heavenly wine), a trip out to MONA museum and MONA FOMA festival!  It’s without a doubt the best time of year in Tasmania.  Anyway, I look forward to a nice relaxing break which (might or might not) mean a week or two break from the blog… but I PROMISE I will be back.

To all readers out there I hope you have a very Merry Christmas (or any other holiday you may be celebrating) and a safe and happy New Year! Mwah!

x e.


Gift tags and wrapping paper by up and coming designers at The Full Drop Collective.
Contact them here for purchases: – fulldropco(at)

(Above) Beautiful Aura Home napery – from the talented Melbourne designer Tracy Ellis.


(Below) Well aren’t these the prettiest pickles and chutneys you’ve ever seen!?! Sweet little
Christmas decorations made with love, by Milly.


Tomato & Apple Chutney

Makes enough for an army!

3kgs Tomatoes
6-8 peeled Granny Smith apples
6 onions
1 tbsp Curry powder
2 bananas
10 cloves
a few good splashes of Worcestershire sauce
splash of white vinegar
1/2 cup of sugar

10 sterilized jars


1. Blanch tomatoes by covering them in boiling water for 15 – 30 seconds then drop into ice cold water to stop them from cooking. Wait until they’ve cooled then peel off the skin on all the tomatoes. (You may need some help with this!)

2. Add all ingredients into a large heavy based pot with a cup of water and place on the lowest heat for a few hours until reduced to a nice thick consistency. Remember to stir every 20 minutes to prevent the bottom from burning.

3. To sterilize the jars, heat the oven to 180ºC. Wash all in hot soapy water and rinse well. Place all jars on a oven tray facing up and not touching each other and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes. After this time, take them out of the oven and let cool to the same temperature as the chutney. Never add cold chutney to hot jars or vice versa!

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8 Discussion to this post

  1. Belinda says:

    Hi, I’m really interested in finding out more about the Pickle Club your commented on in Melbourne. Is there a website.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Belinda, no there’s nothing formal like a website for our pickle club. It’s basically just a bunch of friends who meet up every 3-6 months and swap jams, pickles, chutneys etc and bring some nibbles and gossip etc. I’ve heard of a few others people starting up something similar. It catches on once word is out. You should start one in your area!

  2. […] Anyway, the new book is all about getting back to absolute basics and enjoying simple food in its most purest form. The book first starts with milk (how to make butter, yoghurt, cheeses), then meat (making prosciutto, sausage, salami) , fish (smoking, curing), vegetables (preserving) and condiments. I can’t wait to work my way through it – plus it’s going to be very helpful for the next Pickle Club meet! […]

  3. Tha'is says:

    Hi there.
    I am trying to start up a pickle club similar to yours in Adelaide. I have quite a few people on board already which is exciting! We haven’t had a meet yet but hopefully planning one for early March. Just wondering how the meet works… I imagine it would be quite casual and fun. Do people bring 6 different jars of produce? or 6 the same? Do you bring an extra so you can open it for tasting? And is there anyway to make sure that one person isn’t left with all their jars and no one is interested in swapping with them? I’m probably over-thinking it and making it more complicated than it needs to be! I guess because some of the people are beginners I don’t want them to be offended and put off from coming back again. Sorry, so many questions! Happy for you to reply to my email if that’s easier :)

    • Emily says:

      Hi Tha’is. Our Pickle meet is pretty much just like a picnic but with pickles! Everybody brings all sorts of delicious food to nibble on; some people bring an extra jar of what they’ve made to try (but you don’t have to). We try to each bring 6 jars of something but it’s no big deal if not. Some people make more, some people sometimes make less. BUT for example, if you make 3 jars, you only get to take 3. We place all the jars in the middle of the rug when everyone arrives so you can have a good look and try to decide what you want. Towards the end of the afternoon, when everybody is ready, we all choose our jars in rounds (so it’s not a big fight to get your six).

      It’s all very civilized! Good luck and let me know how you go!

  4. In my country is not usual to eat chutneys, so…. this looks great, but with what can I serve it?

    • Emily says:

      You can use it in lots of places. You can have it with cheese and biscuits or in sandwiches, with sausages even! Loads of places. You should give it a go!

  5. […] It’s that time again! Pickle Club has come around so quickly. Just in time too because our chutney, pickle and jam supplies were running low! If you’re not familiar with Pickle Club you can read up on it in one of my older posts here. […]

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