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Strawberries

December 14, 2016 Leave a comment
Strawberry-like fruits

Strawberry-like fruits

Not actually strawberries but the fruits of the strawberry tree, which is not the same thing.

They aren’t especially nice to eat.

But I’m still very glad that our strawberry tree has brought some fruit to full ripeness for the first time.

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Rocciata with custard

October 31, 2016 Leave a comment
Italian rocciata, English custard

Italian rocciata, English custard

This is piece of the ‘rocciata’ which our neighbour gave us.

Here I’ve served it with custard.

Rocciata is a delicious treat typical of All Hallows and All Saints.

Multi-coloured grapes

September 14, 2016 5 comments
Grapes being heated to make juice

Grapes being heated to make juice

I would never have imagined grapes could be so many colours.

Some of the ones we’ve used aren’t ripe, which means they’ve started off green or pinkish, but then the heating brings out a whole range of additional shades.

It’s like a pirates’ chest of jewels.

Colourful basket

September 2, 2016 2 comments

 

One plum and some peaches, but mostly pears

One plum and some peaches, but mostly pears

This basket represents the last of the pears.

They’re extremely heavy – I could scarcely carry them.

Last night we stewed pears and used up almost all the rest of our containers putting them to freeze so goodness knows what we’ll do with this lot.

But stewed pears are definitely the best.

 

Grapes galore

August 28, 2016 Leave a comment
Second batch

Second batch

This is the second pan of grapes being heated in order to make juice.

We then freeze the pure, antioxidant-rich juice to have in the winter as a real treat.

Stewed mixed fruit

August 21, 2016 4 comments
Damsons and nashis

Damsons and nashis

These will be the main ingredients for our stewed fruit, along with the odd few apples and early pears.

Mixing fruit like this means we take everything in, but it’s a challenge coming up with a half-way accurate (and brief) label!

Ball bearings

August 17, 2016 4 comments
A background of apples

A background of apples

This prolific apple tree makes an attractive background to our double-headed lantern.

It’s a show rather than eat tree because its apples aren’t at all nice (and we have plenty that are).

In fact it’s rather hazardous because the fallen apples turn up everywhere and skid under the feet like ball bearings.