While I’m sure we have more than a few weeks left of delightful, end of summer weather, the overcast sky and sudden lack of humidity in the air–in my opinion–begets the desire for warming, spicy foods. They’re dishes that straddle the divide between warm and cold weather fare. No more of that raw salad business, no, not on a day like today. For little more than a few chops, your trend towards fall has begun… and it’s sweet, literally.
1 tablespoon butter (or oil of your choice such as olive or lard)
1 pint tomatoes of your choosing (I used multicolored cherry tomatoes)
1 medium onion, sliced
2-4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1.5 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add onions, stir and allow to cook for a few minutes. While onions are softening, chop tomatoes (if cherry-size) in halves, quarters, thirds, whatever you see fit (I like the texture of cooked tomato skin, if you don’t, I suggest you chop tomatoes into quarters). Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients to the skillet. Cook over medium/medium-low heat for 35-45 minutes, stirring once in a while. Chutney is done when most of the tomato juices have cooked off and you are left with a sticky and intense reduction. Garnish with wild garlic flowers for fun if available. Serves 6-8 as a condiment. Accompaniment to anything you wish, though a few ideas are: soft cheeses, roasted chicken thighs, slices of brisket or tossed with roasted carrots.