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With the last of the plums from the wild tree next to our house, I made a delicious spicy plum and chilli chutney. The plums are slightly smaller than cultivated ones but highly flavoured – both sweet & tart at the same time. Yum! My Spicy Marrow Chutney recipe uses flavours inspired by the Indian [...]

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I love cooking but I have a surprisingly low tolerance for faff – particularly faff involving large quantities of sticky substances that need to sit for a long amount of time. I’m also very clumsy, live with an equally clumsy boy, and have less than graceful pets. In other words, preserves that involve the use [...]

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I had yesterday largely away off work/from my computer in order to catch up on my preserving. As I tweeted last night: Today I’ve made 5.5lbs of spicy marrow chutney, 3lbs of marrow & chilli jam, 4lbs of blackberry & apple jam, & 3lbs of spicy plum chutney. Also made 3lbs of ratatouille & 2 [...]

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After writing up the wild plum jam recipe the last week, I realised that I hadn’t written about the super easy marrow and ginger jam I made a few weeks ago. We’ve had a lot of marrows this year – more by accident than design — too many courgette plants to keep up with. I [...]

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I had a couple of days off this week – to do some fun stuff and some less than fun stuff. First off, one with a picture illustration (even if it is just a quick phone camera snap), I added a quick-and-easy new perch to the chicken run and Blue took to it immediately. I [...]

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So last week, we went fishing for fruit on the mystery fruit tree outside our kitchen window. We collected 5.5kg of the plum-ish fruit, probably sacrificed as much the floor gods, and there is still a fair bit up there (albeit not terribly accessible). We’re not sure if they’re wild plum or cherry plum as [...]

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