Thursday, 19 August 2010

Lemon Biscuits

Yesterday was my afternoon off and I got round to trying a recipe I've been meaning to make for a while... Lemon Biscuits found on the BBC Good Food website ..

I made them in the food processor (as the butter was straight out of the fridge) so they were very easy and totally delicious. Ideal as I want to make some for my friends when they look after the hens for us.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

River Cottage Chutney

I recently ran out of home-made chutney - a very bad state of affairs, as I like chutney with most savoury things! I even bought a jar (over £3!!!!) - it was Onion Marmalade actually, and was too "stiff". So as the Courgettes are going mad, I decided to get on and make some.

I used the River Cottage recipe which is very adaptable...

1kg marrows/overgrown courgettes, unpeeled but cut into dice no bigger than 1cm (discard seeds from really large marrows) OR 1kg pumpkin, peeled, seeds and soft fibres discarded, and diced no bigger than 1cm
1kg red or green tomatoes, scalded, skinned and roughly chopped OR 1kg plums, stoned and chopped
1kg cooking or eating apples, peeled and diced
500g onions, peeled and diced
500g sultanas or raisins
500g light brown sugar
750ml white wine or cider vinegar, made up to 1 litre with water
1–3 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tsp salt

for the spice bag
1 thumb-sized nugget of fresh or dried ginger, roughly chopped
12 cloves
12 black peppercorns
1 generous tsp coriander seeds
a few blades of mace

..and in my case I used ripe tomatoes and a mix of red wine vinegar and malt vinegar, as that was all I had and the local store did not have any cider vinegar which I prefer. It took me a few hours, but now I've got 6 and a bit large jars in the cupboard. I really don't like to be without my own Marmalade, Chutney...or jam come to think of it.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

August already

.. this year seems to be flying by. Today I harvested a bed of Broad Beans and we prepared 4lbs of them for the freezer. We love them in stews - they're such a great "meaty" bean.

Also brought home carrots and 2 leeks for dinner - Leek and Cheddar Tarts with Potatoes and Carrots....and Courgettes with which I made an Italian style pickle. I've never tried this before so I'm not sure how they'll taste. They look good in the jars anyway.

The bed which had contained the Broad Beans was looking very I thoroughly watered it then lay the spent plants, (roots left in soil of course), on top of the soil. This was then completely covered with grass clippings from the cottage garden. This will be left untouched now.