In a pickle!

Busy again in the kitchen making more delicious pickles. Tomato relish, Beetroot relish and Cucumber relish, made using three very easy recipes from a friend. Three berries jam, using strawberries, raspberries and blackberries from the garden. Lovely preserves to enjoy throughout the Autumn and Winter months.

Preserves to enjoy over the next few months.
Preserves to enjoy over the next few months.

Sometimes you find yourself with small amounts of different fruits. It’s fun to experiment with different flavours, mix them together for an original jam.

Let it rain

It’s raining and grey outside, perfect for a morning in the kitchen. With a large quantity of fresh produce to use up,  it’s time to be creative.

Pickled red cabbage
Pickled red cabbage.
Cheese & chive straws
Cheese & chive straws
Anything & everything quiche
Anything & everything flan.
Courgettes, soon to be cake
Courgettes, soon to be cake

Jam, chutney and pickles !

Everything in the garden and greenhouse is ripening quickly. Despite the weather being up and down, crops are doing very well. With an abundance of tomatoes, beetroot, courgettes and cucumbers it’s time to begin the chutney and pickles. The allotment,  although bare and ready for next spring is still giving us raspberries. Great more amazing jam. We have tried several different varieties of tomato, greenhouse and outdoor varieties this year, Black Truffle, Yellow plum and Gardener’s delight. I’m not sure what to make with the surplus toms, any ideas are welcome.

3 different tomato varieties. Black Yellow plum Grenader
3 different tomato varieties.
Black Truffle
Yellow plum
Gardener’s delight
Raspberry jam Courgette chutney Pickled beetroot
Courgette chutney
Pickled beetroot
Raspberry jam
Raspberry jam

Sunday already

Sunday soon comes around. After another busy week in the garden and on the allotment it’s time for a relaxing day.

Purple cauliflower.
Purple cauliflower.

One of our neighbouring allotment  holders gave us cauliflowers, both white and purple. The obvious thing to do was to make a cauliflower cheese, interesting, unusual, but still delicious . It was perfect with our Sunday roast. It’s been brilliant to have such an encouraging group of people around us. I’m very grateful to all the other bloggers who have been in touch. Their enthusiasm and knowledge is inspiring. Thank you.

We deserve a day out

After weeks of hard work on the allotment and in our garden, we decided to have a day out. Matlock bath is always a lovely place to visit and it’s on our doorstep. Rain or shine and even snow, it’s a family favourite. The sun was shining and it was a buzz with visitors. Smells of coffee, cakes, pastries, ice-cream and at lunchtime fish & chips filled the air.  What a delight. Derwent park at the side of the river is a haven of peace and quiet. Fountains, streams and pools of cool spring water end a happy day out.

Just arrived, it's still quiet. Not for long !
Just arrived, it’s still quiet.
Not for long !
Jubilee bridge 1887
Jubilee bridge 1887
Koi carp in the fish pond.
Koi carp in the fish pond.
Derwent gardens. One of the peaceful fountains.
Derwent gardens.
One of the peaceful fountains.
Stone Grotto. Delightful cool escape from the sun.
Stone Grotto.
Delightful cool escape from the afternoon sun.
Thermal spring.
Thermal spring.
The parks bandstand.
The parks bandstand.
I'm glad I don't live at the top of that road !
I’m glad I don’t live at the top of that road !

Food glorious food

Hi, sorry it’s been a few days since my last post. Last Friday was wet, wet, wet to say the least. Saturday was spent at a friend’s garden party, we had a wonderful time. So it’s back in the garden and allotment today. Everything is cropping well in our garden, we have plenty of Courgettes, Tomatoes, Runner beans, Cucumbers and Raspberries. We have also inherited three rows of Desiree potatoes on the allotment. We decided to lift a few plants to see if they were ok.

Desiree potatoes, White lady runner beans, Tumbling toms.
Desiree potatoes, White lady runner beans, Tumbling toms.

These lovely Courgettes will be in a delicious Stir fry tonight.

Courgettes and more lovely Raspberries.
Courgettes and more lovely Raspberries.

Raspberry Jam

Hi, with the allotment now cleared we can see what we have. Thrilled to say we have raspberry bushes at the bottom of the plot that are still bearing fruit. First job this morning was to pick them, although there wasn’t a huge amount I’ve managed to make 2lb of raspberry jam.

First homemade produce from our allotment. Raspberry jam.
First homemade produce from our allotment.
Raspberry jam.