Plum Chutney Recipe

Hello friends,

Couple of months back I bought a lot of plums ( small size ) in offer, they were ripe and tasty but I couldn’t eat all of them and I didn’t know what else to do with them.

I’ve tried making Plum Jam before but i am not a fan of jams so I researched for some easy, tasty, tangy, and savory recipes. so I found one recipe that I liked a lot and tried that recipe with whatever was available in my kitchen and some variations.

Plum Chutney was spicy, tangy with a touch of sweetness and DELICIOUS. Whoever tried it LOVED IT, so I will be sharing with you link of the website I took the recipe from and my own recipe 😀

Link of the website I got the recipe from: https://shwetainthekitchen.com/plum-chutney-recipe/

My recipe:

I’ve tried making the chutney with different type of plums, first time i used small size red ripe plums (sweet and tangy) and the second time i used half KG, big size, dark skin and less juicy plums.

I kept the measurements the same of all spices, easier to follow.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 KG plums
  • 1 -2 tbsp Oil – (I used olive oil, u can use any cooking oil)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds (بذور الخردل)
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds/حلبة)
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds (Saunf/حبة الحلوة)
  • 1/2 tsp Nigella seeds (Kalonji/black caraway/black seeds/حبة البركة/ حبة السودة)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Zeera/كمون)
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly grated ginger or powdered ginger (زنجبيل)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili pepper

How to:

First prepare everything, put all the spices together, keep the ginger and salt separate, because it will be added at the end.

  • Add oil in a pot, let it heat up for 30 seconds and then add all the spices and stir for 1.30-2 min to release the aroma. Do not over cook the spices or the chutney will taste bitter.
  • Add cut plums to the spices and stir until they are mushy.
  • Once plums are mushy add ginger ( grated or powder ) with salt and cook for about 5 min or until you see most of plums water has evaporated.
  • taste the chutney and if you feel it’s not tangy or salty or sweet enough do add 1tsp lime juice or tamarind, salt or sugar if needed. You can adjust the taste by adding the mentioned ingredients.

I’ve uploaded pictures of my 2nd try:

Cut plums, spices and ginger
fry the spices for 1.30 min to 2 min
Plums added to the spices
Mushy plums with ginger

If you try this recipe do post a picture and let me know how it tastes :D, and if you like this recipe do let me know in the comments below

Crochet Giveaway

Hello

RAMADAN MUBARAK to everyone…♡

I thought of doing something nice this Ramadan, as 1 year of my newly started business will pass soon… so thought of Giving Away something this Ramadan.

Last giveaway mostly had natural products in it, but this giveaway it will only be crochet giveaway.

Rules are very simple:

(You have to be from Bahrain to participate and recieve the giveaway)

1- Like the picture

2- follow our account on Instagram FO COLLECTION

3- mention 2 friends

3 winners will be announced on 22nd April, 2021 at 11 pm Bahrain time

Crochet Lamb / Sheep

Hello,

Meet my cute little Lamb “Sherby”.

I started crocheting these little lambs since March 2021, and thought of giving these cute little ones a name.

If you would like to order& purchase you can visit my Instagram account: https://instagram.com/fo.collection

What do you think about Sherby? And should I try different colours?

Please write down your thoughts in the comments below.

Peace

2020 was the best year ❤

Since 2017 i was wondering when time will change and i get to actually see a real big difference in my life, as repetitive events & routine stuff were very harmful for my mental health & killing me slowly.

As usual I kept running away from what was killing me and bothering, I got carried away for some time with future life lessons that I felt at that time, that is the change BUT deep inside I always knew it’s not the change that i am asking for.

2019 was the year I just had enough. It was a give up year on everything and everyone in my life. It was the year I just wanted to focus on myself and set new rules and life goals. Hoping I might see the change I want to see and feel.

It is very important for anyone I believe to realise what’s going wrong & missing in self or life & work on it to be & live better. I did not have my hopes high this time but just went with the flow and valued & respected myself more.

Giving more to others and letting go of your core beliefs/values and neglecting self is harmful as much as being stubborn and not accepting your flaws.

As 2019 was ending I was stressed if 2020 will really be different.
As 2020 came regardless of what Covid-19 has done with the world and people, whatever was going around me at that time, it was the best year EVER for me and inshaAllah good times & years last forever. I just kept praying to god, asking him whatever I want to see and have in my life. In every prayer i made sure I ask him something.

Magically my dreams, wishes, thoughts have started coming true, i got married to a wonderful caring partner Alhamdulilah, what bothers me gets resolved, what i want, happens, Alhamdulilah, as if Allah has given me a magical wand. After many years of hardship I can say 2020 was a blessing. Alhamdulilah.

His way of making things happen is not always smooth but we get desired results for sure. Alhamdulilah for everything.
ان بعد العسر يسرا
Verily with every difficulty there is relief.

What I learned and want to share is “Never loose hope, Allah doesn’t forget anyone.” Focus on yourself, try to correct yourself, and never ever loose hope in pray to god, asking him what you want, he listens and he will definitely be there for you, keep your relation with god strong.

❤ Much love

Crochet Lessons

Hello everyone,

Finally I’ve decided to teach crochet to those who are interested in learning new skill and develop a new hobby.

The course will start in June 2021 for Adults and Kids

Online classes on zoom and telegram for Adults, and zoom classes for kids.

2 projects will be made during this 3 weeks course.

If you are in Bahrain and interested to learn basic crochet skills you are most welcome to to inquire more and register via WhatsApp and get your kit.

If you are outside of Bahrain and want to join the classes, there will be a special rate for international participants ✌🏻

DM on Instagram: @ fo.collection

Mother’s Day Gift

Hello everyone,

Alhamdulilah I am so happy I made a beautiful gift for my mother and her mother, and they loved it 😍

Well I did not forget anyone in the family too and gifted everyone something, my husband, my brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law & grandpa.

Not necessarily we should have a certain day to gift loved ones, it could be anyday and it should be anyday, because unexpected gifts are the best and can make everyone happy.

I can’t describe their feelings when they all got the gifts, but I can say they were happy and felt loved & some of them cried of happiness.

These little things matter a lot ❤

I haven’t taken all the gift pics, but hope you like them

Mom’s & grandma’s gift
A gift for my brother
For my husband

Bahrain Flag Ear Saver

Hello friends

From few days I was restless, I had an idea I wanted to try and was busy with a project. It can really get frustrating if I have to wait for long to try an idea I have in mind.

I had an idea of making Bahrain Flag ear saver design, and I was making the pattern in my mind and was getting very excited to try making that ear saver.

I knew it will take more time and effort than the normal single colour ear savers, but never thought it would take me almost two hours and it was very tiring.

Following a pattern is easier, but making a pattern and trying to make it perfect or almost perfect takes time & effort.

But it’s worth it 😍❤

Here’s the finished product, I kept the mask holding buttons at the back side so that the flag design doesn’t get ruined. It was a new idea for me and I think it was a good idea.

First attempt and try, not too perfect but 2nd attempt will definitely be better

Do share your thoughts, what you think of this ear saver design ✌🏻❤😍

Fo’s / Fo Collection

A handmade product business that first started as a hobby.

Crochet, Soaps & Oils

I learned basics of crochet in 8th grade and with time i improved myself, the idea of making it a business started when my friends started ordering crochet scarfs, it took me some time to officially launch it and it is a wise dicision.

Adding handmade soap products to my business, strated when i desided to do something about my skin and i was fond of learning how to make a natural handmade soap on my own. I had couple of tries and was satisfied with the soaps i am making and using. It showed difference and that’s when my family and friends started asking me what i am using and pushed me forward and encouraged me to start selling what i am making. It wasn’t an easy or quick decision, it took me months to put it on display and sell it to not only those who i know, but anyone who wants.

Based on request by couple of my friends another hobby that has been added to my collection is Oil making. Hopefuly with time will include more handmade products.

I believe in, start small and grow big, start with what you know and keep learner and improving yourself.

Please follow and show support for handmade product business 😀 and i always welcome new suggestions

Instagram Account: @fo.collection

Facebook page: @fo.collection.bh

Is handcraft too expensive ?

Recently I have been told that my Handcrafted/Handmade crochet products are very expensive according to them and made fun of my pricing as well.

Educating a customer about the quality of your product/work/service is highly important to market what you’re offering. So I came across a very beneficial and educating article that delivers a message on every craftsperson’s behalf to people and potential customers.

I will be sharing the link of the original article and quoting the whole post below.


IS HANDMADE TOO EXPENSIVE?

4/16/2018

There is a generally held belief that handmade products are expensive – too expensive.  Craftspeople selling their products at fairs and craft shows, and even shops selling handcrafted products hear it all the time…..sometimes said with just a raised eyebrow, sometimes whispered to a companion, but often  straight to their faces…..

“Really? Why should I pay THAT MUCH when I can buy something exactly like it at _______ (fill in the blank with the name of any High Street shop) for half the price?!” 


There is a legend amongst craftspeople…..
A jeweller was set up at a craft show,  handcrafted jewellery beautifully displayed, when a customer appeared in front of her stand and  said loudly, “That necklace is OK, but I won’t pay any more for it than I would at the shop in town. ”  With remarkable restraint, the jeweller pointed out that the necklace was handmade, and therefore the price was slightly higher – to which the customer retorted – ” I don’t see how that makes any difference – it’s just a bit of string, some beads and a clasp.  Throw in a bit for your time, and it still should be cheaper than the shop’s – you aren’t paying rent or staff, or for a top designer to create it, after all.”  The jeweller thought for a moment, and then said, “Fine.  I’ll sell it to you for the same price as the shop’s, but you’ll have to wait a few days for me to send it to you.”  The customer happily handed over the money, and strolled away, thrilled to have made her case and beat down the craftsperson who was obviously intent on ripping off unsuspecting customers less astute than her.


Handcrafted items are often more expensive.  Why?

So – What are you paying for when you buy handmade- and why is it more expensive?

It’s Handmade.  If you think about how machines work, making products faster and cheaper – well, handmade is the opposite.  Handmade takes time and care, and not as many products can be made.  Along the way, every single step is scrutinized to make sure the product is perfect – taking even more time, but  resulting in a quality product.  Hardly any craftspeople charge for all the time they take to make a product, by the way – the price would be sky high.  Which leads us to……..


The Craftsperson does EVERYTHING.  Most of the processes involved in making the product are done by the maker – not just the design, but the selection of the materials, the working out of how to make the materials go together, assembling the product, photographing the product, marketing the product, designing the packaging, and posting, delivering, or activity selling the product…even the accounting!  This is often done around caring for children, or maybe even another “real” job.  Again, most craftspeople don’t charge for all of this time and care, but it can’t be denied that they put time, energy, heart, and soul into every piece they sell.


Materials are expensive.  Most craftspeople try to find the best quality, most beautiful materials – which they can usually only buy in small quantities because they don’t have the budget or the space to buy in bulk.  This makes the materials more expensive for them than for High Street chains who can buy cheap manufactured components in bulk.


The craftsperson is an expert in their field.  No matter how many years the craftsperson has been practising the craft, chances are they know more than the customer.  Often they have completed degrees, or years of classes and workshops to learn their craft.  Almost always they have invented a style or technique themselves.
And finally….The product is unique.  The materials, the way they’re put together, the little additions, and flourishes – each item is a one off.  Often the product is bespoke.  Bits and pieces can be tweaked.  That necklace can be made exactly the right length….it can even be made to match that outfit you’re wearing to the party next week.  Bottom line – it’s NOT exactly like the one in the High Street shop.  In fact, it isn’t exactly like any other product around.


A handmade product is more expensive because you’re buying a unique item, made by hand by an expert in their field of the best materials.  Included in the making of the product is time, energy, hours of work, and – most importantly, heart.


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And the customer who wanted the necklace from the craftsperson – but wanted it at High Street prices?   Imagine her delight upon receiving the beautifully wrapped parcel from the jeweller a few days after the craft fair.  Our discerning customer was less delighted, however, as she opened the package to find some string, a clasp, and a few handfuls of beads – along with a pair of jewellers pliers and a note:

Dear Mrs. Smith, please find enclosed your necklace.  As requested, I’ve sent you exactly the product you described.  It’s quite similar to the one I might have made for you at a slightly higher price, however, I haven’t  included anything which  might make it more expensive than the High Street product.
I hope you enjoy your purchase!

Handmade too expensive?  You get what you pay for

Whether handmade is too expensive is a matter of opinion, I suppose – but then again……you get what you pay for.

If you agree of disagree, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.