Let’s face it, the sausage sizzle is an Australian institution. It’s the ‘go to’ fundraiser for the local P&C, the answer to bulk catering and yes, it’s taken its place at the fore of our democratic process. The Democracy Sausage! On polling days there are websites dedicated to helping the voting public locate the best offerings possible.

For some folk, the sausage is the highlight of their voting experience. There is nothing sadder than the disappointment of finding no sausage sizzle on offer at your chosen polling booth. Whether it be after casting possibly the game-changing vote, or the need to sustain yourself while standing in line.

Just about anyone can fire up the BBQ, cook a sausage and wrap it in a bun. But we in Freo are better than this. Let’s show the world a bit of love and smarten up our sausage sizzle.

With its origins in India, chutney brings something special to even the simplest of dishes. You can opt for a generic, mass-produced and almost soulless chutney, or you can create your own little piece of heaven. Trust me, it’s not hard.

The ingredient list can be as simple or as exotic as you want it to be. Using seasonal fruits means that no two batches of sauce are the same. There’s always a surprise. The important thing is to get the balance right between the sugars, the vinegar and the spice. The fruits you can play with. This week I found mango on special, so here we go …

Chutney for ALL

Ingredients

2 large mangos – cut roughly

1 kg ripe tomatoes – chopped

1 kg onions – finely sliced

1 kg sugar – it sounds a lot but trust me on this one

2 tablespoons curry

Small handful salt

Half a teaspoon cayenne

2 and a half tablespoons mustard – I like using mustard seeds

Garlic – 1/2 a head, minced

Vinegar to barely cover

A splash of oil

You might also like to add dried chilli if you want an extra kick

The Process

In a large, heavy based saucepan heat oil. Add curry, mustard seeds, and cayenne. When the mustard seeds start popping add the onions and garlic. Soften and then add the fruits, in this case mangos and tomatoes. Add sugar, salt and barely cover in vinegar. Bring to the boil. Stir well and turn heat to low.

Make a cuppa and get out a good book. Now the magic happens, and that takes time.

Stir occasionally and reduce the sauce until it is thick and gloopy. This could take an hour or two. Don’t rush it. The longer you cook it the deeper the flavours.

Allow it to cool and scoop into sterilized glass jars or bottles. Seal well.

Now all you need is something worth fighting for! Truth, justice … and the Democracy Sausage! And don’t forget the hashtags #demsausage #chutneyforALL

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Nikki Montgomery

Nikki Montgomery is a muffin baker, sandwich maker, chutney activist and painter of bespoke footwear. Nikki’s been called a lot of things over the years and worn a number of different hats. Between being 'just Mum' and trying to be an active community member, Nikki also has a keen interest in politics and social justice. What better way to get people to slow down and hear what others have to say than to gather together and share food? Now she can add ‘writer’ to her resume.