Wednesday, 24 August 2011
A busy day.
The farmer came in today to say that the plums needed picking in the garden as the wasps were having a bean-feast in them. By sheer coincidence I had just read Pomona's blog and she had talked of making plum chutney yesterday. So as I write this the chutney is bubbling on the Aga and the house is full of delicious, vinegary smells.
Thank you Pomona for the recipe - I look forward to eating the chutney in about three months time.
Half a cooking apple and a pound of plums remained. The farmer, never one to miss a chance, suggested a plum and apple crumble for lunch! (we do not have puddings as a general rule as we both need to watch our weight). So this meant a fairly light first course.
The garden is full of rocket. If you have ever grown rocket you will know that once you have got it, you never get rid of it as it self-seeds everywhere. So I picked a handful of rocket, washed it and sorted through it (you need to do this to take out bits of chickweed, fat hen and groundsel.) Then I put it in the food processor with a large handful of pine nuts and dribbled in best quality olive oil to make a thin pesto. Served with pasta and a top dressing of grated parmesan, this makes a lovely meal.
Now, all that remains is to pick the plum stones out of the chutney as it simmers down (yes, I forgot to take the stones out), and then pot it in sterilised jars. I am sure at the end of today I shall feel very virtuous.