Monday, 27 July 2009

Having lived in Spain for over five years we are still traditional with the Sunday roast. The veg are of course fresh from the garden, roast potatoes, carrots and french beans, the beef we always buy from our local butcher, his beef all comes from local farms, all within 10k of his shop, he is so well respected for his beef that a lot of it is sold to the restaurants in Madrid. The horseradish sauce is still Colman's, we are however now growing it, but must wait until next year before we start harvesting it. We were minus the Yorkshire puds this week as I had left Simon in charge.

The first batch of plum and fig chutney has turned out better than I thought it would, it is a very good combination , nice and spicy, look out Branston!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

The plums are now ready and it is a bumper crop, we estimate that there is around 140 lbs, far too much for us to bottle or make jam and chutney with , so a lot will be given to friends to do whatever with, so far I have bottled 16 bottles, experimented with plum and ginger jam which is delicious. I do have a few more kilner jars, but it also looks as though we have a large peach harvest, so have to keep jars back for them. I will be making chutney, with ginger and figs,although have not tried this combination before, it should work out fine.