flowers, Holidays, Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine’s day 

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Preserves

Millions of peaches!

Well, not quite a million, but I certainly have a lot. The recent extreme heat here in Melbourne resulted in almost my entire crop of peaches ripening at once. Henry (my husband) did his best to eat as many as possible, but didn’t make much of dent in the pile. In addition to handing over enough fruit to fill pre-school and kindergarten lunches (In addition to our time-share cat, we now have two small children who come over the back fence and play in the garden), I have more than enough peaches to make a peach jam, to contribute to my summer fruits jam, and fill at least one pie! What’s even more scary is that the apples are ready to harvest too!  Need to do some preserving? Try this: Jam Recipe

Harvest

Do you have a glut of summer fruits and vegetables?

Yes, I know that this is my third post about dealing with unexpectedly large, home garden harvests, but it really is a bit of an issue at this time of year. The summer heat can be delightful, but it also means that all of the fruit and veg are ripening and ready to pick at the same time. In addition to the preserves ideas and recipes on this site (you can download factsheets here: Factsheets) you may want to check out this website (thanks to Terri Bateman for sourcing this): www.bite.co.nz

Have fun preserving!

 

Summer, Summer Gardening, Using Produce

Using Your Produce: Tomato Relish

About this time of year I start to get a huge glut of summer produce with loads of zucchinis, tomatoes, stone fruit and alike. I regularly make jams and preserves to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

My favourite tomato preserve is Spicy Tomato Relish. It takes almost four hours to make but it is worth the effort. My recipe can be downloaded here: Spicy Tomato Relish Recipe

Corgettes, Using Produce

Too many zucchinis (courgettes)?

If, like me, you grow your own zucchinis, you may be experiencing a rather out-of-control glut. At the moment I’m getting a minimum of 2 ready-to-eat zucchinis a day – and if I’m not careful and don’t check the bed carefully, I get one the size of my forearm at least once a week.

What do I do with my abundance of zucchinis?

  • Give some to friends and neighbours
  • Make Zucchini and Bacon frittata: recipe
  • Make stuffed zucchinis: recipe
  • Make zucchini fritters: recipe
  • Make up a zucchini relish: recipe
  • Fry them in garlic

Want to grow your own? Download the handy fact sheet here: Zucchini growing guide