Sunday, 27 August 2017

Plum chutney

It's a busy and gluttonous time of year with so much food in the garden to eat or preserve in one form or another. I've been making chutney with the plums. It will need at least three months to mature so should just about be ready to eat by Christmas.

3lbs stoned plums
1lb grated onion
1lb grated apple
8oz raisins
8oz grated dates
1lb dark soft brown sugar
1lb demerara sugar
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons salt
2 heaped teaspoons ground ginger
2 pints vinegar
Wrap in a muslin bag a dessertspoon cloves, a cinnamon stick, and 1oz juniper berries.

Put  the plums in the pan followed by the grated apple and onion. Add the other ingredients, sprinkle on the salt and stir. Pop in the muslin bag and bring to the boil then leave it to simmer for a couple of hours or so until everything has thickened.
I hate to say it while we are still in August, but there is a decidedly autumnal feel to the days.
The garden is looking a bit raggedy.
The leaves are dieing away from the squash plants so I can now see what has been growing beneath.

One or two monsters.
I've lost track of which varieties are which.
The sweetcorn is ripe - and tasty!
After chopping back the delphiniums,
a second flowering!

I've moved the scarecrow to a new position to warn away the deer.
Ever the optimist.


  1. What a bounty Rosemary. My scarecrows always gladdened my heart, but nothing was scared of it.

    1. I think it is the cd disks dangling from my scarecrows hands that are most effective. They twist in the breeze and cause glints of light to dance about. Not much good in the dark or dusk though when most of the damage is done!

  2. Hi Rosemary!! Look at those pumpkins!!! I'm so jealous!! I do have one or two but they are still growing and green. Autumn is in the air here too, but I guess I don't mind too much, it's a bug-free season that I really enjoy! :) Your chutney recipe sounds delicious!

    1. I know, what a size some of them are, it will be quite a job dealing with them!

  3. My scarecrows always gladdened my heart, but nothing was scared of it.