I have been busy making rhubarb jam and chutney as we have a glut of rhubarb on the plot and it seems a shame to just leave it unused.
I made chutney with a recipe from Nic at Nip it in the bud blog. I am not a lover of chutney, I made beetroot chutney last year and gave it away!I have to say this tasted lovely even just after making so I am looking forward to using it in a few weeks when it has matured.
My sister Kathleen's late mother in law used to make rhubarb and fig jam which we always looked forward to getting a sample of.It is not available commercially and I think I now know why....the price of dried figs in this country!I shopped around various supermarkets and health food shops and the figs were working out nearly 14e per Kilo! I eventually bought them in the English market, the 4 lbs needed for this particular recipe cost 23e. This jam is more fig and rhubarb than rhubarb and fig but tastes delicious.There are lots of recipes online, the one I used is on the Times website credited to V.Giles.I may make it again but use a different recipe using less figs as this one uses 4 lb of rhubarb, 4 lbs of figs and 4 lbs of sugar, but I made 14 jars from it.It is not a sweet jam but definitely tastes morish!
Some of it has already gone to eager tasters who have declared it a winner!
One recipe did mention that both of the main ingredients are mild laxatives so maybe it should be used with caution!
We have been in and out to the plot, mainly bringing home produce at a very satisfying rate.Lettuce, carrots,tomatoes, onions and fruit.
There are 10lbs of blackcurrants in the freezer, all from our one bush!I did make some jam but will look forward to the smell of fresh jam making in the kitchen during the winter.
Bluberries are ripening at last.Strawberries are putting up lots of new green growth after their cleaning up last week.
Brussel sprouts are forming on the plants but aphids(blackfly?) are becoming a problem on these and the turnips tops.I have been blasting them with the hose which seems to be working so far but the affected leaves remain marked and curled.
Pumpkins and courgettes are producing daily!
We have 2 cucumber plants in the greenhouse which are another disaster!The leaves are yellowing and small despite feeding and watering regularly?!I must remember to take some pics the next day I am out.
I bought the above plants in Aldi this morning. There is a Tayberry, a Goji berry and a red goosberry. They are all healthy looking and for 2.67e each I could not pass them up.