Last batch of Courgettes chutneyfied!

I’m a tiny bit sad today. I’m labelling up jars of Christmas Courgette Chutney, made from the last of our allotment courgettes :-). They have been very prolific this year and they just kept giving and giving…..until yesterday!

Courgette plantHopefully now I have enough jars of my delicious Christmas Courgette chutney to last Cuffufle Preserves through to Christmas and beyond!

I’d also like to thank the Greedy Gardener, the lovely SJ for the donation of her last courgettes too! Check out her blog at www.greedygardener.co.uk

Laters

Rachel xx

 

Something just for me and Nelson

After making a batch of Spicy tomato chutney and a good old fashioned no frills Red Tomato chutney, I had a load of tomatoes left over. ‘What to do?!’

A rich tomato sauce – I had great fun making the Stirchley Sauce for Love Stirchley festival and I remember having made a roasted tomato ketchup from a River Cottage recipe a while back.

Yummy tomatoes ready to roast.

So – I roasted the tomatoes with some onions, garlic, olive oil and some lemon thyme from my garden. They roasted on a lowish heat (around 170°C) for about an hour and a half.

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Saucy Sauce

Howdy Cuffuflers!

I am lucky enough to have been commissioned by LOVE STIRCHLEY FESTIVAL to create a tomato sauce or a ‘love apple’ sauce. Tomatoes historically are considered to be aphrodisiacs, hence to love apple name! They are good for the heart and considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. During the festival period – at least £1.00 of every purchase price will be donated to Love Stirchley Festival. After that if I continue to make the sauce, 50p of every purchase price will go to the festival. Continue reading “Saucy Sauce”

Working with beautiful produce

I’ve had a bumper week or 2 – what with my birthday and fruit and veg galore coming to my house…….

When I can’t get local, I get organic – gorgeous fruit and veg from Vegetropolis.

Organic sevilles are now marmaladed – ready to be entered into the marmalade awards 2013! http://www.dalemainmarmaladeawards.co.uk/

The smell was devine
After all this chopping – my hands hurt but my heart was shining 😉

Then came the tomato chutney…..

Tomato chutney ready to cook up…
Tomato chutney jarred up….

Onion marmalade x 3 batches….. DONE. A new Spicy tomato chutney…… DONE

And today It’s all been about the Pear – Gorgeous pears from Penny at http://www.kingsnortonfarmersmarket.co.uk/ Old Sandlin Fruit, Malvern – a farm I intend to visit once I have a motorised vehicle http://www.hfmg.org/producers/sandlin_fruit.htm. Some of the delicious pears are now in a new creation – Spicy Pear chutney, the rest will be made into my Pear and Lime jam (once I get to the markets to get some nice limes). I’ve also got lovely eating apples from Penny – they will be turned into one of my best sellers – spiced apple chutney – a rich sweet chutney – sweet from dates and eaters rather than stacks of sugar!

Laters

Rachel xxx

Fine line between love and hate

Howdy Cuffuflers!

Well – up until yesterday I didn’t like marmalade – I would go so far as saying I hated it, but I definitely didn’t love it. So…… on getting a stack of organic Seville oranges, I started on creating a recipe that I would like. I’ve done 3 batches so far – 2 containing alcohol – one of which includes basil (it seems I am addicted to adding herbs to my concoctions!) and one is a very traditional recipe.

Deluxe as it has booze and basil in it!

So…… now to get more luscious oranges to work with. I’m fired up and raring to go. I do however need to keep a check on the experimentation and actually make some up for sale! But I can’t help it – I’ve got so many ideas….. ginger, lime, lemon, clementines, satsumas, grapefruit, more booze, more herbs and combinations of all of the above. Oh my…… and I need to get on with making more chutneys and cordials too.

When I get more sevilles I will try and curb my excitement and take more pictures of the process but……. not having smellivision, you won’t get the benefit.

Many thanks go to my lovely friend Bee Robertson for giving me her Gran’s recipe and helping me with the juicing etc.

Laters

Rachel xxx