Thursday, 25 August 2016

Preserving Summer

A few makes for the pantry (well cupboards really, a pantry? maybe one day a girl can dream).

On a walk I found enough Blackberries to make some Blackberry Vodka.

We have had plenty of tomatoes there was a kilo sat in the fridge so I thought a bit of relish would be nice.

This recipe is based on a kilo, but obviously can be adjusted to how many toms you have.

1 kg Tomatoes
1 med/large Onion
100g Granulated Sugar
Few pinches of Sea Salt
100 ml Red Wine Vinegar
Chilli Flakes - a few good pinches

Cook the Tomatoes and onion together until it is a thick pulp. 
Add the other ingredients and cook until a thick consistency.
Then pop into sterilised jars.

It is really nice, a nice little kick from the Chilli flakes.

Then I thought a few jars of Courgette & Onion Relish would be nice.

We still have plenty of potatoes, tomatoes and courgettes .

I have started to harvest the Chillies, I only grew one plant and it must have around 30 Chillies on it. When some are ready I just chop them up and put them in  a little pot and pop in the freezer, my one plant will see me through until next year.

Next thing is the peppers, they are nearly ready.

Very pleased with my harvest this year.

Potatoes, Courgettes, Tomatoes, Radish, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Chillies and Peppers.

Only a small growing area here but it has been well worth it, certainly saves a few pennies.