Anita’s famous tomato chutney

By popular demand, here is the recipe for my famous tomato chutney.  It is somewhat modified from Madhur Jaffrey, An Invitation to Indian Cooking:

Sweet and spicy tomato chutney

1 head of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped (yes, a whole head)

a piece of fresh ginger, 2 in long, 1 in thick, 1 in wide, peeled and roughly chopped

1 1/2 cups white vinegar

2 lbs tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/8-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)

Put garlic, ginger and 1/2 cup vinegar in blender and puree.  In a heavy-bottomed pan place tomatoes, the rest of the vinegar, sugar, salt. Bring to a boil, then add contents of blender.  Lower heat and cook very slowly for 1 1/2 hours or more, uncovered, until thick.  Add cayenne after about a hour, tasting to see how hot you want it.  I use 1/8 teaspoon of the hot cayenne I get at the co-op.  You can also use hot red pepper flakes. Stir frequently especially toward the end or it WILL stick and burn because of the sugar.  It should be as thick as honey with some chunks (this depends on how much you chop the tomatoes)– it should coat the back of a spoon when it is done.  It will be dark, dark red.  You can put it in canning jars and process or just put it in jars and keep it in the fridge — it keeps a while and it is good on anything.  Try it on a cheese sandwich.  It is amazingly good.  Makes about 2 cups, depending on how juicy the tomatoes are (if they’re really juicy it will make less).  The recipe can be doubled.

 

 

The Cats of Praia Vermelha

For the past week, I’ve been at the International Congress for the History of Science and Technology, held at the Praia Vermelha (“red beach”) campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  There are a lot of cats on the campus.  I don’t know their background; they seem to be strays, but are well fed and cared for.  I’ve been taking pictures of them for days; here’s a selection.

sleeping under cars

The cats liked to sleep around parked cars.  They followed the sun.

They seemed completely uninterested in people. more cats with cars

clean catsBut people were interested in them.

shelterThere was a shelter set up, with food and water.

boxesAnd newspaper-lined boxes because cats like boxes.  They were under the care of an organization for stray animals.

 

 

 

another sign
Attention! Cats in the Road!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The university did not seem particularly happy about their presence.

sign
“Federal Area.  Prohibited to abandon animals on campus.”

But this one-eyed ginger boy seemed supremely unconcerned.

sleeping pirate