Another trugful of tomatoes from the greenhouse, too many to enjoy raw, have been processed for the freezer.
Despite the rather wintry weather of late, our hardneck garlic has remained on schedule, pushing up long curly scapes which I harvested eagerly in a spell of evening sunshine.
Armed with one of last year’s crop of Turk’s Turban squashes, I turned to a page in Nigel Slater’s wonderful book, Tender Volume 1: a delicious volume of recipes, anecdotes and advice, which celebrates growing and cooking vegetables.
This weekend saw the first ripe aubergines in the greenhouse, which I picked along with a basket of tomatoes and two red cayenne chillies.
I was intrigued when I came across this recipe online from food stylist Kate Wesson, having enjoyed chocolate beetroot brownies from our local farmers market some weeks ago, so I gave it a try.
Last weekend, I made this tasty savoury courgette loaf, slightly modified from a recipe in Homes and Gardens magazine. The original recipe used butter and milk, rather than sunflower spread and rice milk which I substituted to make this mostly dairy-free (besides the cheddar).
The first of our pumpkin harvest became an amazing curry this weekend, courtesy of a recipe by the excellent Nigel Slater.
This weekend saw my first attempt at making jam, from a modest amount of foraged blackberries. Just over 500g of blackberries resulted in almost-two jars of jelly. It’s quite a process for such a small amount of jam; next time I need to make sure I have a kilo or two of fruit!
This week I tried another courgette cake recipe, this time from Nigel Slater.