1 large red onion
Half a jar of sweet roasted red peppers roughly chopped
3 dates, Pitted
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Half a red chilli seeds removed
A large handful of baby plum tomatoes or any other sweet ripe ones, (half a tin of Tomatoes could be used if fresh aren’t available)
A large handful of fresh coriander, basil or thyme
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Heat a little bit of olive oil in a nonstick frying pan.
Add the onion and stirfry for a minute before adding the red peppers, garlic and chilli
Allow to cook down on a gentle heat to caramelise and then add the tomatoes and fry for a few more minutes.
Turn up the heat and add a good splash of balsamic vinegar, fry until the vinegar has evaporated.
Add the dates and fry for a few more minutes on a low heat.
Add chopped herbs, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes adding a splash of water if it starts to stick too much
Season to taste
When mixture is cooled transfer to a blender and blitz until ketchup/salsa consistency
NB this mixture is really versatile, it can be used as a ketchup/salsa but also makes a great soup if added to stock and more tinned tomatoes or even a pasta sauce or Ragu base.