Sunday, December 4, 2011
Le Ketchup De Grand~ Maman Germaine~Soul Food #118~
My husband's mom was such a BON VIVANT type of person~
Her laughter was contagious..Her hair always lovely w/ that pretty mauve rinse..(It suited her to a t..truly..)an apron perenially tied around her waist..a stocked pantry..and wonderful heritage recipes..a TV in her kitchen..a rocking chair..and all the latest gossip rags:) In French.. she would be well into her 90's now..I knew her in her 70's..
She passed away a long time ago..but one recipe she shared with me..was one of my husband's favorites..
She beamed when her table was laden with good food and family was gathered around it..So happy ..she loved her little French songs too:)Des chansons à répondre..Au Jour De L'An elle était dans son élément~
I still make her ketchup today..most autumns..
It is a sweet ketchup..chunky style..that is perfect during the holidays..especially w/ tourtieres:)Perfect as a gift also~
I received a lovely email w/ a request for this recipe..I am happy..and honored for "Germaine" to share it..
30 red tomatoes
1 full bunch of celery..do you say head of?
2 green peppers..
Bring the above fruits to a boil to blanch and skin..including the tomatoes..then cut up all ingredients in chunks..
then return all cut up ingredients to your large pot and add:
2 cups white distilled vinegar
5 cups of white sugar
1 tbsp of salt
2 tbs of mixed spices (they are called that here..sort of spicy..cinnamony..clovey..etc..)
Simmer for 2 hrs.. heavenly aromas of Germaine's yesteryear will fill your home..
Place in large Mason..Bernadin sterilized jars..and then hot water bath..
Germaine always put a wax seal..w/ a cord in it..:) instead of a hot water bath..I have done both..both have kept well..
we keep it in our cold room..
Makes..I think.. a little over 6 large jars..have plenty on hand..I forget how many:)
It is a tradition here.
I apologize..I made the label w/ ephemera..that I had..simply marked #18..Thank you to whoever shared it!