Autumn, Sauces & condiments

Plum chutney and giveaway

August 8, 2014

plum chutney

There is something addictive about chutneys. I’ve never heard of them until I’ve started blogging. They are not popular in Poland, but since we live in Ireland I get more and more addicted. Whenever we get a chance we buy a new one to try. I still don’t have my favourite flavour combinations and I pick at random.

I’ve never made a chutney before. It  was done by coincidence. I got an opportunity to organize the giveaway of chutneys, I bought plums that were supposed to end up in a cake, but they didn’t as I made chocolate cake instead. Then I opened Nigel’s Slater book “Tender II” on the plums section and that was it. It also goes nicely with a giveaway I have for you.

Plum chutney

Plum chutney

Recipe adapted from Nigel's Slater "Tender"
Makes around 3-4 jam jars.

  • 750g plums, halved and stoned
  • 350g onions, chopped
  • 125g raisins
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 150ml red wine vinegar
  • 150ml malt vinegar
  • a cinnamon stick
Put all the ingredients into a large pan.
Bring it to the boil. Turn down the heat to simmer for 1-1½ hours, stirring from time to time to stop the chutney sticking to the pan. The chutney should get thicker.
Spoon into sterilised jars and seal.


Update: The competition is now close. The winner of the competition is Sandra. I’ve sent you an email, please get in touch with your ROI postal address.

So I’ve never had a giveaway on my blog and I thought it will be nice to share some love. Viking Direct offered this Irish Relish Hamper. To enter, simply comment on this page telling me what do you think of Polish food (do you have your favourite products or dishes? Or maybe you never tried it? What do you imagine it is like?).


Terms and Conditions:

  1. The prize consists of Irish Relish Hamper. Viking Direct is the promoter of this giveaway and is deemed to be the party providing the product for the giveaway, and is responsible for shipment and delivery of giveaway product.
  2. This competition is open to residents from Republic of Ireland only.
  3. To take part, leave a comment on the blog telling me what do you think of Polish food.
  4. Include your email address.
  5. One entry per person allowed.
  6. Entries close on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 23.59 GMT, and winner will be announced on Sunday 17th August 2014 here on the blog.
  7. The winners will be randomly chosen and notified by email. If a potential winner does not respond within seven days, alternate winner  will be selected.
  8. is the host of the giveaway and is in no way to be considered the promoter. Viking Direct is deemed to be the party providing the product for the giveaway, and is responsible for shipment and delivery of giveaway product.


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  • Reply sisc August 8, 2014 at 14:26


  • Reply Edita August 8, 2014 at 17:23

    Hi Magda, lovely blog!
    I love lots of Polish food as we have some similar ones back home ( which we claim is our traditional). Cabbage Pigeons for example! I think Polish food is similar to Lithuanian and a little bit to traditional Irish food (although “traditional” is rapidly changing here…)

    • Reply Magda August 8, 2014 at 20:59

      I know Edita, it’s so hard to put a border between Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Latvian, Ukrainian food, we have the same roots. I think they say bigos is truly Polish, but I don’t believe in anything now :)

  • Reply Ms Tea. T.Ni.C. (@owlwon) August 8, 2014 at 18:44

    Just starting on trying Polish dishes.Tried a simple one to begin with. Sernik Na Zimno. Cheesecake with a fruit jelly top. It’s gorgeous.

    • Reply Magda August 8, 2014 at 20:56

      MS TEA. T.NI.C. – awww, that’s a Polish summer classic. I should really put a recipe on the blog.

  • Reply Colette August 10, 2014 at 21:13

    Hi Magda, I have to admit, I’ve not yet tried authentic Polish food. However, Pierogi might be a good starting point as an introduction to Polish cuisine.

    • Reply Magda August 10, 2014 at 22:14

      Colette we need to do something about it! Yes, pierogi are delicious. I should finally think of a way of hosting casual pierogi get together.

  • Reply siobhangallagher August 11, 2014 at 14:24

    Hey Magda, I love to try yummy salads and soups, and of course the sweet things and unusual cakes! :) Using ingredients I wouldn’t usually think of! YUMM!

    • Reply Magda August 15, 2014 at 21:43

      What do you think of sauerkraut Siobhan? Or pickles? We love everything pickled.

  • Reply David August 13, 2014 at 19:52

    I don’t know much about Polish food but it was this blog that encouraged me to go into my local Polish shop for the first time. It’s impossible to see into from the outside and I was amazed to discover how big it is. So much choice. I came away with some sweet treats (very nice!) but I really need to explore the savoury items there. I’d like to find a good pickled cabbage, in particular.

    • Reply Magda August 15, 2014 at 21:48

      I’m so happy to hear it David. I should finally post something new on Polish food. I’m a bad, bad blogger.
      As for sauerkraut you just need to try different ones you get, or try to make your own one.

  • Reply Ximena Del Castillo August 15, 2014 at 16:18

    Hi Magda,
    I love chutneys and I’ve been meaning to make a plum one – so will give your recipe a go.
    The only 2 polish foods I know are hams… Sopocka and weileska (not sure about the spelling) which my family (including my children) love and we have with our tapas most Friday nights (including tonight!) .. Funnily enough usually with a chutney of some type!

    • Reply Magda August 16, 2014 at 14:20

      Hi Ximena, I’m delighted to hear it. I was always wondering if any non-Polish (or Eastern European) buys them. What else do you include in your tapas night?

  • Reply Sandra Newman August 16, 2014 at 20:38

    Hi Magda I’ve never actually tried polish food but looking at the photos of all the food it looks delicious. I’d really love to give it a try.

    • Reply Magda August 18, 2014 at 08:05

      Hi Sandra,
      now while you are a winner you should try it :)

  • Reply Ania August 16, 2014 at 21:54

    Hi Magda,
    Let me just say first that your blog and photos are awesome, I will definitely try out some of the recipes! As for the Polish food – I absolutely love it, no wonder though since I’m Polish ;) I’d have to say that my favorite one is red borscht with mushroom dumplings, I think I could eat it almost everyday but since it’s our traditional Christmas dinner dish I only eat it once a year to make it more special when the day comes, well I cheated a little bit this year having it this summer but it didn’t really count because the dumplings were frozen- left over from last Christmas and the borscht was bought in store. It was very nice but incomparable to the one on Christmas eve.

    • Reply Magda August 18, 2014 at 08:06

      Hi Ania,
      You have very strong will just to eat your favourite dish once a year :)

  • Reply Kim Moran August 17, 2014 at 13:38

    Hi Magda, We first tried Polish food in SuperValu when they had a tasting day. My daughter loved it all and now insists I buy it for her, especially the snacks and the juices/flavoured milks.
    I’m not a huge fan as I’m a vegetarian and there seems to be a lot of meat in the Polish diet! Thankfully I can still enjoy the chutneys!

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