Jams & Chutneys



I started on a mission to make a few jars of pickles to have in the cupboard at home as we’d run out and they’re always great have. I went completely overboard and in the last two weeks have pickled lots of different vegetables and fruit. The last lot was yesterday! Mike then suggested I […]

Posted on: 28th Sep, 2016by frenchie Read more

Feijoa chutney

Feijoa Chutney

At lunch on Monday I realised that we were out of chutney at home so decided to make some feijoa chutney. It was so easy with the large feijoas from Barry. Eight big ones gave me 4 cups of chopped fruit and we still had lots left over to eat raw. Ingredients (enough for 4 […]

Posted on: 12th Apr, 2016by frenchie Read more

spicy plum sauce

Spicy Damson Plum Sauce

Last week a friend gave us the first figs of the season and damson plums that she’d picked from her trees up North. We quickly devoured the figs but you can’t do that with damson plums – they’re quite sour and are best cooked. I regularly buy excellent damson plum jam from Terry Lister so […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more

Spicy Plum & Tomato Sauce

Two Saturdays ago at our market, Murray of Heirloom Organix gave me a large bag of plums from their orchard and Dragon gave me some cooking tomatoes. I’d already done my fruit and vege shopping so we ended up with too much for us to get through. Our daughter Emma suggested I make sauce. We […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Pear Chutney

With an abundance of delicious sweet, juicy pears available from our new stallholder Richard of The Sugar Pear Co, I thought I needed to add new pear recipe to my repertoire. Apart from eating a pear whole as a snack, I often make the classic French pear, rocket, walnut and blue cheese salad with a […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Fig & Orange Jam

Since the start of the fig season 3 or 4 weeks ago, stallholder Maureen has been at me to find this recipe which I used to make about 6 years ago. I’d totally forgotten about it. From memory I’d translated it from an old French cooking book. It’s a bit fiddly in that the process […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Fig and Ginger Jam

The weekend before last at the end of the day on Sunday Terry Lister gave us a tray of ripe figs knowing how much Mike and I love figs. We couldn’t possibly eat them at once and, rather than waste them, I decided to make some jam. Because the figs were quite sweet already and […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Bread & Butter Pickle

This is a very old fashioned pickle that was one I used to make with a few additional spices.  I think the recipe must have originally come from my mother. Cucumbers and onions are the base. I’m growing several varieties of cucumbers so my pickle ended up a mix of apple and Lebanese. It doesn’t […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Quince Chutney

I’m not quite sure why I’ve suddenly got into making jams and chutneys this year but I’ve now realised how easy it is. I simply make a list of the main ingredients – a fruit or vegetable, onions, 1-2 apples, cider vinegar and sugar and then list possible ingredients – various herbs and spices, garlic, […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Fresh Fig & Kalamata Olive Relish

Make the most of the fresh figs available. 
There are so many ways to enjoy them as sweets or savoury.
If fresh are not available you can use dried figs for this recipe. Ingredients: 300 gm Fresh Figs 150gm Pitted Kalamata Olives 100gms Red Wine Vinegar 100gm Brown Sugar 100 mls Water Method Cut figs into quarters. Add to […]

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more