Thanks to the wonderful summer weather we have had a glut of veges lately. I have been busy preserving & freezing various things, it’s really satisfying. With some of the things it probably doesn’t save any money, but I enjoy doing it & it also means I know exactly what has gone into it!
So far I have made:
- Hugh F-W’s roast sieved tomatoes – perfect as the base for any tomato dish
- Annabel Langbein’s harvest tomato sauce – this is amazing! So easy to make, & it tastes wonderful. It is also nice & thick, Hugh’s is quite thin despite my efforts to reduce it down (prob because I didn’t want to add any tom paste to it)
- Pickled gherkins using a recipe food on the Food Lover’s website – the gherkins were from Todd & Traci, I did 3 jars worth. Fingers crossed they taste good, will have to wait until we’ve finished the jar in the fridge before I find out if they’re ok!
- Michael Smith’s basil pesto – frozen in ice cubes, to be used later on in pastas, on pizza etc
- NZ Gardener’s tomato chilli jam – recipe from the latest mag, I used chillis we grew but they are very mild & the jam is a bit sweet without the kick of the chilli to balance it out. Still good though, delicious on crackers with cheese.
- Chocolate courgette cake – was delicious, used a heap of other ingredients which I thought wasn’t very thrifty, but I never make cake so it was a nice treat.
It’s good to get some preserving done before I start at Massey University next week (classes start 28th) & get busy with studying full time. I’ve started planning for winter veges too, got some leek seedlings today & already have some brassica seedlings going from seed I sowed a while back. Bloody white butterflies are everywhere though, it’s a bit of a battle, but hopefully they disappear when the cooler weather arrives in autumn.
Also trying to figure out if we want to buy any bulbs to plant soon, I love daffodils but it would be nice to have something different. Hopefully Paul and I can compromise – I like chaotic flowers, with mixed varities, and he is keen on one variety in a few different colours lol
Exciting stuff too, when I finished my job at the accountant’s they gave me a $100 garden centre voucher which I am holding onto until winter so we can buy some more fruit trees