Living and Building a home in the heart of France
16th September 2006
In spite of a late start, our garden has produced a fantastic array of edibles - red and white potatoes, large and miniature peppers, long wrinkly green chillies, fat and glossy aubergines, grow-in-a-day courgettes, yellow patty-pans, sprays of cherry tomatoes, long soft plum tomatoes, fat round tomatoes, dozens of cucumbers, tasty oakleaf lettuces, and a veritable forest of basil. And in the pumpkin patch, we've had this collection - one giant pumpkin, girth 148 cm and another at 70cm and still growing, four mottled pumpkins, four big butternut squashes and two Charantais melons that we discovered nestling in the long grass. I love it!
We've made jams and jellies from damsons and figs, apples and plums, gathered locally or given to us. I've made tomato sauces and soups for freezing, and my own pesto from the basil forest. We've certainly eaten well this summer.
Tony pressed some of our tomatoes through our passata machine - Italian design, it's fun to use, the tomatoes are pushed into the hopper, the handle turned, the passata comes down the chute, the pips & skin squeezed out the end. The product is luscious but it dribbles tomato juice everywhere!
Any ideas what I can do with 15 cucumbers? No-one leaves here without at least one!