Modern Scots love and
knowledge of our countryside owes a great deal to the late Tom Weir. We
change our usual format for this feature to present a photographic
tribute to Tom Weir which appeared recently on Electric Scotland, Our
grateful thanks to both Alistair McIntyre, Electric Scotland, and
photographer David McConnell Hunter for their permission to use the fine
photograph’s of Scottish scenery in ‘Tom Weir’s Country’.
With the continuing good
weather perhaps the only cooler places would be up the Scottish hills so
beloved of Tom Weir. It is the sort of weather of which Scots say “We’ll
pay for it! We’ll pay for it!” As the nights draw in, bit by bit, we
have reminders that autumn is not too far off and thoughts should turn
to preparing for a touch of summer sunshine in the depths of winter!
Over the next few weeks we will provide some chutney and jam recipes
which will do that, starting this week with Old Fashioned Apple Chutney.
Old Fashioned Apple
Ingredients: 1 ½
lb cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped; 12 oz onions, peeled and
chopped; grated rind and juice of 2 lemons; 6 oz sultanas; 4 oz chopped
walnuts; 2 tbsp mixed spice; 1 tsp salt’ ¾ pint of good malt vinegar; ½
lb Demerara sugar
Method: Put all
of the ingredients except the sugar into a large preserving pan, bring
to the boil and simmer until the apples have softened. Add the sugar and
continue to simmer until the mixture is thick and almost dropping
consistency. Spoon into prepared jars, seal and label.