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This condiment will be a lifesaver at your Halloween buffet or, thinking ahead, as a special homemade Christmas gift! Of course, a batch is always good to have on hand for those nights when only wine and cheese will do! Plus it’s a great way to use a bunch of seasonal veg.

Once opened, use within 2 weeks.

Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes + cooling
Total time:35 minutes + cooling


750g mixed red peppers, courgettes and aubergines, chopped (about 1 of each)
250g organic tomatoes, chopped
2 organic red onions, chopped
1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 red chilli, seeded and chopped
175g light brown muscovado sugar
250ml Aspall Organic Cyder Vinegar
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel or coriander seeds
2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt


1. Place the chopped vegetables, apple and chilli in a large pan and stir in the sugar, vinegar, seeds, paprika and salt.

2. Cook gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes until thickened.

3. Cool slightly before spooning into sterilised jars, top with a waxed disc and sealed with a lid.

Cook’s tip
To sterilise the jars, wash in warm soapy water and rinse well. Place the jars and lids in a preheated 150ºC, gas mark 2 oven for 10 minutes until completely dry. If using kilner jars with rubber seals, boil them in a large pan of water instead as the dry heat of the oven will damage them.Waitrose logo

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