The Good things that Grow
After the hot weather in July, the drop in tempreture in August and the rain came as a shock, never the less there is plenty growing on the allotment, not least these precious little seedlings.
These are the sun and soil inspectors, and this is Hannah doing what she does best!
And Rory always helpful, and growing fast
The courgettes have slowed down now but the tomatoes have taken over, there are so many small cherry ones very sweet, they have done well and the quality is good, but the Ailsa Craig variety have split their skins as you can see in the photo, (this is due to erratic watering on my part). These I have made into sweet chutney, very simple the reciepe was in the Autum edition of Gardeners World, for any who may be interested here it is.
1 kg/2lb 10 oz ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
750g/1lb 10oz cooking apples, peeled and cored and chopped
375g/13 oz light moscovado sugar
250/9oz onions, chopped
1 green pepper
2 teasp salt
1/2 oz ground ginger
350ml/12fl oz cider vinigar
Put all the ingredients into a large pan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Stir occasionaly until the sugar has disolved. Simmer the mixture uncouvered for 45 – 50 mins until the fruit is tender and thickened. Cool and transfer the mixture to sterilised jars and seal.
As usual I did not have all the ingredients to hand so I used artistic licence and replaced the cider vinigar with a mixture of red and white wine vinigar. Also it was a bit chunky for my taste so I went in with the hand blender when it was cool and gave it a coupe of wizzes.
Unlike most chutneys this does not need to keep for months to mature, it is beautiful to eat with cold meat or cheese right away.
We also collected plums from a friends orchard and a few gallons of plum wine are on the way. I may or may not let you know what it is like