If you get a glut of plums in your garden this summer, don't let them go to waste! Take a leaf out of Helen's book and make some delicious plum chutney, which can be served with cold meats or cheeses. Helen sent us this recipe via our Facebook page and says that "this ones lovely!"
Stone and chop plums. Put in a pan with garlic cloves, onions, figs, star anise, cardamom pods, sugar and 300ml of the white wine vinegar. Season, bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Simmer for 25-30 minutes, until tender. Add 100ml white wine vinegar, port, and cook for a further 30 minutes, stirring often, or until thickened. If it's still runny, simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
Divide the hot chutney between sterilised jars and set aside to cool.
Place a disc of waxed paper directly onto the chutney and seal with airtight lids or Cellophane and elastic bands. Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, for at least 1 month before eating. It will keep for up to 6 months. Chill after opening and use within 1-2 months.