gooseberriesA dear friend of mine delivered to me today a container of “Gooseberries!”  I know….you are wondering..What are gooseberries?  They are the smallest, most beautiful, tart, little stripy beads of wonder you can imagine.  Grandma used to make gooseberry/mulberry jelly and I’ve ordered duck with gooseberry chutney in past dining expeditions mixed with some other fruit that I cannot recall at this moment.  But there is a mystery about the gooseberry that we need to expose.

I decided to make a gooseberry chutney for pork, duck or fish (Why not chicken or turkey too?).  Cooking down the gooseberries and onion with a bit of clear water after topping and tailing the berries, was a joyous time-passing exercise. Later, I added vinegar, sugar, dried blueberries, raw sugar, spice and lemon.  I cooked it all down, then canned it with a wax capping to insure freshness while the flavors emulsified further for several weeks in the cupboard.

What a lovely treat to enjoy the organically grown berries as accouterments to any light meat or cheese.  It took more than a few hours to make, but what a luxury!  Blue-Goose it up folks!

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