Simple tomato passata + my cool machine

This new tool is the love of my life – it’s a Rigamonti Passata machine. 100 times faster and easier than my old mouli which though its churned out litres and litres of tomatoes over the years, I wasn’t sad to see go. Heartless. Roasted tomato pasatta is my go to – its so delicious, […]

Boozy Plums

Every year we put down some boozy fruits – vanilla brandy apricots, raspberry gin, peach rosemary vodka, damson gin, pears in cider, spiced plum brandy…  best fun preserving! Sterilise your jars and lids. Let the jars cool to warm. Halve and stone the fruit or if not freestone then simply prick the fruit all over. […]

Delicious dried apples

Our own dried apples are a family favourite. The ones you see here are Captain Kidd’s. If you gave my kids a dried apple from the supermarket they’d be horrified (tasteless, white, rubbery things) These are something special. Fruit with bird pecks, no stalks or bruises wont store, so need to be eaten right away […]

Dried Pears and Apple Sauce

Easy, delicious and useful – these words are my guardian angels when choosing how to best preserve my harvest. There are many enticing sounding recipes out there and it’s easy to get seduced into fancy complicated preserves which don’t ever get used. The simplest preserving is storing the fruit/ vegetable whole; and the next is […]