a busy domestic blog of knitting, sewing and all kinds of needlecrafts, cooking my garden produce and preserving it

Saturday, 13 August 2011


My mother's tomato plants are now cropping fast and furiously so she's giving a lot away. Unfortunately, they tend to be watery with very tough skins, so when she suggested I made chutney with them, I thought I wouldn't. Instead they've been boiled up and sieved for passata. A lot of tomatoes didn't appear to fill many bottles when I'd finished but it tastes wonderful - I checked the dribbles - and is one thing that doesn't have to fit in the freezer!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Jam again!

Yes, jam making time again! This time with mainly fruit from the freezer. I happened to go in there looking for something and realised just how much previous years' soft fruit I have hoarded. So, I pulled out a couple of bags of raspberries and some redcurrants, and Hubby suggested I add the blackberries he'd just brought back from the allotment.... and... da dah!..... lovely fruity mess boiling in the pot! It was actually a better colour than this - a deep vibrant plum which I haven't been able to capture on the camera. Still, the jam tastes good which is what counts.