It's a very plummy time of year, which is of course, just wonderful. A gift from a friend yesterday, three types of plums, in abundance. One of the varieties was the lovely golden gage plum. They were quite ripe, so into the bottles they went first this morning. Some jars were made into a mixed … Continue reading An Abundance of Plums
Just over a week ago at 8am, we were weeding the raspberry patch in 29 degree heat. Today - so cold we had to light Hester. No complaints from Poppy and Rose about that....
Then yesterday and today - elderberries, from the garden of a friend in New Norfolk. They are a breeze to pick, and simple to remove from their stalks with the tines of a fork. The rich, dark liquid was strained off (after brief simmering) last evening. Today it was completed with the addition of some … Continue reading Elderberries into Syrup
Here we go again - given another 50+ kg greengages today. Wonderful! (Thanks Pat) We only had size 36 preserving jars left, each holding 1.5kg. The last of the 32 bottles are in the preserver now. Love to get the production line into full swing - have quite a system going, and they were done … Continue reading Greengage Plums in Abundance
Guess who's winning the eggs-citing game of hide and seek with the eggs? Not us, that's for sure. I thought the chooks had gone off the lay a little, but still ample eggs to bake with so didn't think too much about it. The truth revealed - 3 separate mums with innumerable babies arrived yesterday. … Continue reading Winning! The Egg Games
The only way to travel - in the comparative cool of the evening, the 101 jars of preserved greengages are now in boxes, now on their way to a new storage area. Now just need to find space for all the preserved rhubarb and apricots.....
Seems it's true - can't even give them away, the zucchinis that is. Oh well, never mind, there's always the ever-popular zucchini slice, slightly altered with the addition of some of the semi dried tomatoes and with chunks of leftover camembert incorporated into the mix. The olive oil that surrounded the tomatoes made a tasty … Continue reading Zucchini Excess
A few weeks ago I bought a large watermelon when it was on special at one of the fruit and vegetable markets. Of course it was over-ambitious - how can two people eat a whole watermelon after all? Determined not to waste it, so juiced the flesh. That resulting juice was lovely and sweet. It … Continue reading Watermelon granita
Yesterday was a great day for us. We were offered (by the lovely Patrice) to come and pick a tree full of greengages in her garden. This is not just any tree, but a decades old beauty that, we soon found, produces the most wonderful, tasty, juicy fruit. "Pick all you think you can use" … Continue reading Greengages 101
Meanwhile this morning, before the heat of the day (in theory), it was time to harvest rhubarb. The netting has worked a treat, no possum or wallaby attack. I could hardly believe it when we pulled the nets back. It seems to be the only way to go. Old ginger Tom always protests when we … Continue reading Rhubarb time