Jams & Chutneys

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

Scallopini (or courgette) Chutney

I like to have a good selection of chutneys in our pantry as I consider they’re essential to any good sandwich. We always have some from Terry Lister who sells at our market every weekend. His wife’s Maharajah Chutney is a favourite. Recently however, with an abundance of vegetables in our garden, I decided to […]

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Cherry Kirsch Jam

Cherry and Kirsch Jam

Last week I mentioned that I was going to make this jam from Hawkes Bay cherries that Matthew is selling in our market (only available till Christmas). After some nervousness during most of the second part of the cooking as it seemed the jam would never set, it turned out perfectly. It’s very very dark […]

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie Read more