September seems to be the month when everything ripens at the same time, figs, apples, blackberries and tomatoes. Normally I make loads of chutney with the figs and tomatoes but because I’m using a camping stove to cook, I’ve decided to dice and freeze everything ready for when I have my new cooker. The gas bottle is so small, that cooking chutney for 2 hours will empty it in no time at all. However I have made bramble jelly, but it’s more like bramble coulis, because despite boiling it twice it just wouldn’t set. Never mind, it will be great poured over ice-cream. Also, its a good excuse to go out, pick some more and try again. I’ve also had my first go at canning, with the canning gadget kindly lent to me by my neighbour. After a lot of dicing ,I made a batch of ratatouille which filled 3 1litre jars. To be honest, I’m not overly in love with canning, I think I prefer making chutneys, jams and freezing stuff. Perhaps I’ll give it another go one day.
Do you remember us planting potatoes earlier in the year? Well sadly, we missed the harvesting which was done while we were in the UK. They had to harvest when the weather was good, so grabbed the opportunity when they could. We were told that due to the lack of rain and heat, this years harvest was disappointing. Our 2 bags produced a barrow of spuds, not as many as we’d hoped but they will keep us going for a few months.
|Beautiful plump blackberries.|
|Fallers ready to be sliced and stewed.|
|Figs chopped, ready to be frozen.|
|Ratatouille simmering before canning.|