I am fortunate enough to have allotment neighbours who don’t mind sharing. In one neighbours case, pleading for things to be used. In this case, a tree laden with beautiful Cadbury purple plums. Ma and I asked permission and picked about five or six pounds. I only needed three.
Then there were blackberries which were also harvested from the edge of my own plot. These were all gathered up. Washed and the plums where stoned as it were. All piled into a pan with sugar and water. stewed down a mashed before lemon juiced was added and set to boil.
And boil. This didn’t get to setting point of 104 degrees; but the bottom of my pan did get very black I tell you. All very disheartening, this gloopy jam, poured into jam jars. One of which has so far set. I guess this can be used as gloopy jam; though ma did spread it onto toast. I also put some onto bananas and watermelons.
Have never had two on the same vine before. But here we have it. Two large fruit growing beneath the sprawling mass of leaves. Think these are the ones that were assisted in being pollinated. They are still growing, and rapidly at that.
Maris peer potatoes are sending out green foliage. It’s gonna be long wait til Christmas; especially if we have to protect against the frosts from October. I know I could have put them in a bin to live in the poly. But this space opened up and was asking to be filled.
The tomatoes are coming thick and fast. Just not very red, as you can see. There are also sorts here, my favourite by far are the knobbly marmande. I strongly recommend these as a a variety. Some smaller F1 rainbow mix are there; as well as a cascading sunstripe.
With another batch of green tomatoes, its another opportunity to experiment. So we have gone for green tomato chutney proper. I have omitted the raisins, I can never get my head around their presence in chutneys. I don’t even understand why they are in coronation chicken! There are however also some additions, as we are experimenting.
Has quite a tart, crunchy flavour at the moment, with a background of coriander that keeps it quite bollywood. The cooking apples in question are bramleys, and I have used fresh root ginger rather than powder that would give it a zing. The zing in question, comes from Mango powder, and there is a burst of fresh mint as well.