People normally make green tomato chutney at the end of the season with the tomatoes that haven't ripened but I've made it early because we have a shortage of tomatoes and although it's easy enough to buy tomatoes to eat it's impossible to buy green tomatoes. The chutney was finished on Friday and made 7 jars, 2 will be for the Christmas hampers I'm going to use the rest of the plum tomatoes, when they turn red, to make my Red Hot Relish. We've got the cherry and mini plum tomatoes from 4 plants to eat fresh.
I hoed through the raspberry canes and fruit bushes and noticed that the blackcurrants had at last turned black so fetched a small bowl to pick them and was quite surprised when I managed to fill the whole bowl which turned out to be exactly 1lb. They've gone in the freezer for now and I'll turn them into jam later perhaps adding a little apple to bulk it out. Not sure what to do with the currant bushes that were here. Out of 4 various only one had currants, maybe I'll cut them back hard and see what happens next year.
Also into the freezer went French beans and courgettes and more mange-tout peas.
Had a sort out of what jams we had left.........mostly from 2015 as I only made strawberry jam when we were in Ipswich last year, and the answer was not a lot except gooseberry jam. Somehow that had got pushed to the back and Colin had just been grabbing a jar from the front so he's going to be a bit fed up with gooseberry jam soon ......... 7 of those left and just 1 plum, 1 greengage and 2 strawberry.
Even less chutney left. So I'll need more than just green tomato and red hot tomato, but plenty of cooking apples on our tree and I'll be looking at variations on apple chutney. There's an apple, ginger and honey chutney recipe saved on Word that I need to search out.
Thank you to everyone for comments on Friday about the job list. We're still trying to get as much as we can done before I'm home alone for 6+ weeks while Col is in Addenbrookes.
The scrap wood from the garage roof has been cleared up.It was all the bits that the tiles sit on and they were really rotten. Nothing had been done to the roof since the garage was built in the 70's. The lads actually put some cross pieces inside on the rafters to strengthen the roof as they said it was a bit wobbly when they were re-felting. Thank heavens we know that the house roof had been redone a few years back otherwise we would be worrying about it.
As for the Saturday post and the book. Have I bought it? Well, luckily I have grandchildren for an excuse and it's on it's way here I hope!
The chutney recipe is on the separate recipe page and I made half mix this year.