Green Tomato Relish

This recipe needs to be started the day before. 

A great change from store bought tomato sauce or as we call it "train smash" a little extra sugar will make it more appealing to children, no funny additives or colours, just good honest food.

2 kg green tomatoes
2 onions, sliced
2 green peppers
4 green chillies, optional
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground alspice
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 cup soft dark brown or muscavado sugar
1 1/2 cups malt or cider vinegar (I use dyc brand)

Mark a cross in the bottom of each tomato and pour over boiling water, stand until the skins loosen, then drain and peel.

Chop the tomatoes, onions, green peppers and chillies.  Add to a large enamel or stainless steel saucepan in handfuls sprinkling with salt as you go.  Leave to stand overnight or for 12 hours.

Drain off the excess liquid and add the remaining ingredients.

Bring to the boil and boil for 30 minutes stirring regularly.  Use a stick blender to whiz to a suitable consistency, a smooth sauce suits bottles and can be used as a tomato sauce substitute, but a chunky relish is great for spooning out into sandwiches and onto cheese boards.

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