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23 August 2011 14:05:45
Maggie has been really busy lately with all the produce we have been harvesting! she got all the beetroot boiled and pickled, the shallots dried and stored, numerous lbs of toms cooked down to a paste and frozen and about 30 servings of courgette soup cooked up and frozen! her latest escapade was the tomato sauce which has been made up and is now stored in the fridge, delicious!! and will last 10 to 12 months! or until the next batch is made!!!
18 August 2011 13:57:52
We picked the shallots about 10 days ago and have had them drying in the greenhouse since, another few days should see them right....
18 August 2011 02:04:10
Boxcar Willie !
This is another Heritage variety, second year to grow this variety, jury still out on this one! nice juicy toms but not a big cropper! anyway! this one weighed in at 1lb on the button!
15 August 2011 23:09:41
Orange & Pink Giants!
Picked these toms this evening, this group weighed in at just over 5lb!!
15 August 2011 23:00:56
Mary, this is the pickling vinegar we picked up, Maggie picked it up about 2 weeks ago so not sure if they would still have it! it is made by a company called Driver's
thier web site is www.driverspickles.co.uk
hope this helps
15 August 2011 22:41:19
Courgette soup Receipe
Courgette and Dill Soup
16 August 2010 19:45:01
Courgette and Dill soup
Receipe as follows
1 Onion, peeled and Chopped
6 Courgettes sliced
2 Potatoes peeled and diced
1litre/1.3/4 pints water or light stock
salt and freshly gorund black pepper
2 tbsp chopped dill
Melt butter and sweat the onion until soft, add potatoes and soften, then add courgettes and season add stock/water bring to boiling and cook rapidly until potatoes are tender. Liquidise, add dill and server either chilled or with small amount of creme fraiche. This soup freezes well too. If you freeze just heat soup dont boil it.
Hope you enjoy
15 August 2011 16:43:03
Courgette soup, the end result!!!
The end result! delicious!!!
15 August 2011 16:39:36
We also picked the first of the courgette's today, 11 in total, these were used with our potatoes, onions and a light stock to make a delicious soup, a light sprinkling of dill is added before serving! we had a bowl each for lunch and it was delicious!! it freezes really well so the majority of the batch will be frozen for use in the winter months!
15 August 2011 13:42:01
Bucket of beetroot!
This morning we lifted the main crop of beetroot to be pickled for winter use! delighted with the crop we got, we got just under 8lb of good, firm medium sized roots, which we will boil and pickle and seal in jars for a taste of summer throughout the cold winter months!!!
11 August 2011 13:56:34
Picked this beauty about an 10 minutes ago! lovely shape and colour and weighed in at 14 ounces!
09 August 2011 18:19:24
It is a bit early in the season for cooking toms down to a paste but the 2lb of black plum we had we mixed with some San Pedro, Harbinger and Orange Giant to make our first paste of the season!
08 August 2011 19:41:37
Main Crop Spuds
We lifted one of the main crop plants today (Maris Piper) we got a great little "harvest" of well over 5lb ! delighted with that! we have another 36 plants so they should provide us with a substantial harvest for the Winter months!
08 August 2011 15:00:22
Black Plum Tomato
This is our first year to grow this variety and while it has cropped really well we have found the flavor a bit bland! think we will combine these with a few other varieties and cook them down to a sauce!
06 August 2011 13:44:58
3 different colours and varieties! Orange Giant, Nebraska Wedding and Black from Tula...............
03 August 2011 11:12:25
This little chili is producing a huge crop for us at the moment! this is the first year we have grown this variety! a very compact bush, only about 14" tall by about the same in width, so very handy for the window sill!! they produce a huge crop of chili's of between 1" and 2" in length, we have 3 plants in the bay window and each plant at the moment contains about 60 to 70 chilies! haven't tried it yet but Maggie tried one the other day and said that they certainly live up to their name!!!!
02 August 2011 17:14:30
Picked this monster this afternoon! it weighed in at hefty 1lb 10oz! that's a meal and a half in itself! needless to say its the heaviest tom of the season...................so far!!!!! Rachel control yourself!!!
01 August 2011 21:26:10
This variety is cropping really well for us at the moment! picked these 3 this morning and they weighed in at 2lb 8 ounces!!