caffeine withdrawals for me, coffee for my tomatoes & granny’s tomato chutney

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Home | 24 Comments

It has been three weeks. Three weeks since I’ve consumed a caffeinated beverage namely my morning coffee. This is a very big deal and I’m certainly not thrilled about it. I’ve been playing God by putting myself through a health-related experiment. I was one of those annoying people who would whinge about needing their morning coffee for productivity (you know who they are). It’s almost as annoying as people who go on about giving up caffeine, isn’t it? My friends are still looking at me like I’m some kind of a crazy person. Too be honest, people like me shouldn’t drink caffeine anyway as I’m highly strung plus there have been good results from giving it up.

So is it still weird to make coffee for my tomatoes? Not weird at all-acid-loving tomatoes love coffee grounds! Coffee grounds are full of nitrogen, potassium, potassium, magnesium and copper. Used grounds have a pH of about 6.8 but don’t go overboard and accidentally make the soil too acidic. I just sprinkle them on the soil around my plants now and then or when it looks like they need a coffee hit. You don’t need to get to technical about it. Coffee grounds can also help to repel ants and slugs. My other tomato tips would be to take your tomatoes off the vine when they are just blushed with colour so you can ripen them inside. Keeping the stems attached also keeps them fresher for longer. NEVER keep tomatoes is the fridge, this is blasphemous. Always keep and eat tomatoes at room temperature.

When there is a mega harvest, I always make my grandma’s chutney-I’ve just jazzed it up a bit. It’s a big call but I promise this will be the best tomato chutney you will ever eat ::

H  E  I  R  L  O  O  M    C  H  E  R  R  Y    T  O  M  A  T  O    C  H  U  T  N  E  Y

1 kg mix of cherry tomatoes
2 long red chillies (I keep seeds in)
2 red onions
1 green apple
3 cloves garlic
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1.5 teaspoons mustard powder
1.5 teaspoons curry powder
1.5 cups apple cider vinegar

Chop tomatoes in half and finely dice the chillies, onions, apple and garlic. Throw them and everything else in a pot on medium heat and bring to the boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved then reduce the heat to low and gently simmer for just over an 1 1/2. Keep an eye on it over time and stir occasionally. Spoon while hot into sterilised jars when ready.

This goes well with anything you think it will go with. I particularly enjoy it on scrambled and poached eggs or homemade burgers. And with vintage cheddar.

24 Comments

  1. Sherry m
    February 26, 2017

    Yum. Gotta love granny’s chutney:). I’ll have to build myself a greenhouse one of these days so I can grow tomatoes again. Yay to the cooler weather coming this week. Cheers!

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    • lostinutensils
      February 26, 2017

      I know! I’m so excited about the cooler weather Sherry 😄

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  2. Function 9
    February 26, 2017

    Well done for giving up caffeine! Not sure I could do that one. Chutney is good 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      February 26, 2017

      I still can’t believe it myself to be honest! Yep, this chutney is GOOD 🙂

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  3. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    February 27, 2017

    I’m definitely that person who needs coffee in the morning. In fact I’m drinking my first cup now. I hope my tomatoes have as good a yield a as yours. The Chutney sounds and looks amazing. Due to the heat my tomatoes are in the fridge.

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    • lostinutensils
      February 27, 2017

      I envy you right now Tandy with your coffee! I promise this is the best chutney. I can understand that in extreme heat tomatoes won’t last long at all if you don’t refrigerate.

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  4. Sam Rutherford
    February 27, 2017

    That chutney sounds amazing Jem, love that it is your granny’s recipe. I’ve grown tomatoes on and off and they are pretty easy really. Motivating me to get going on this again!

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    • lostinutensils
      February 27, 2017

      Thanks Sam! Lots of people ask me what to plant to start a garden and I always say tomatoes (And leafy greens). They are easy and you always get a good harvest. What more could you ask for?

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  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    February 28, 2017

    Ooh my friend is addicted to coffee and has a slug problem. I’m going to message her right now! 😀

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  6. Ruby & Cake
    March 2, 2017

    Oooo i love the sound of this chutney! I tried to make a plum chutney this week and failed epically 🙁 Great tips about coffee grounds! our rhubarb loves the coffee but I haven’t tried putting it on anything else yet.

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    • lostinutensils
      March 2, 2017

      I’ve never tried coffee on rhubarb! I’m going to give that a go next time. I love hearing people’s gardening tips and tricks. Shame about the plum chutney…it sounded delish!

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  7. All That I'm Eating
    March 13, 2017

    Those tomatoes are just so pretty! I love making chutney – it makes something so lovely as those tomatoes last longer!

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    • lostinutensils
      March 13, 2017

      Exactly! That’s what I love about preserving produce…it lasts longer 😄

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  8. emma
    March 21, 2017

    Those perfect looking tomatoes! I’m so naff, I always get excited at colourful cherry toms. And the chutney! I love cheese and chutney sandwiches, always have.

    Also, didn’t know that about the coffee.

    You’ve inspired me to make some chutney 😀

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    • lostinutensils
      March 21, 2017

      Don’t worry Emma, I also get excited about colorful cherry tomatoes! Cheese and chutney are a match made in heaven 😍

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  9. Ngeun
    April 10, 2017

    I enjoy a good cup of joe but it can be addictive and give me the jitters. Good on you for giving giving it up a go. Great looking cherry toms and your granny’s tomato chutney looks amazing!!

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    • lostinutensils
      April 11, 2017

      I could only ever drink espresso in the morning, never after 12pm or I’d be up all night! It has so been worth giving it up 😄

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  10. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    April 14, 2017

    Woah, this is awesome. I had no idea that coffee ground was good for plants. Post cyclone our garden took a serious beating, actually, it absolutely destroyed our herbs and potted plants etc. But the tropical trees, bushes etc are still standing (albeit sideways). Do you think they would enjoy a caffeine hit?

    Also, you go gurl, giving up coffee is possibly one of the hardest things to ever do. I tried once, made it to about 3 months and for some reason decided Id drink it again. All the detox headaches for no reason. :/

    Cant wait to try your chutney, it looks AMAZING.

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    • lostinutensils
      April 14, 2017

      Thanks Anna 😄 I’m so sorry your plants copped it with this cyclone. I often sprinkle coffee grounds over everything as it’s such a good nitrogen hit. So it can only help right now. I’m still off caffeine-it’s been about 10 weeks now. Been sooo hard but the health benefits have been a massive pay off!

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      • Anna @ shenANNAgans
        April 18, 2017

        I’m totally going downstairs to my front garden and giving them all the coffee ground I can find, the gardener came round over the weekend and took away all the dead branches etc, he mentioned it’d be a good year before they were back to how they were, reckon a coffee hit might help, thanks heaps.

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        • lostinutensils
          April 19, 2017

          No worries Anna. Compost for the garden is the best fertiliser ever (I put lots of coffee in my compost as well). However, looking after yourself and the basic necessities is the focus right now. The garden can wait! Take care x

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  11. CANBERRA COACH COMPANY
    May 25, 2017

    it is a great post

    Reply

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