Making food

I love this time of year in the kitchen – a time for enjoying the abundance. So today I’ve been chopping and peeling, beating and stirring, boiling and baking…

I harvested the last melons, extracted the seeds so I and others can grow more next year . Now we have a large bowl of juicy melon, which I think we’ll mix with raspberries.

I used some of our tomato harvest along with a big tray of cherry toms from one of our local organic farms to make yet more jars of passata:

I made  granola – this has become a regular make these days as I never buy breakfast cereal:

I used my excess of home-produced ricotta and our abundance of eggs to make baked New York cheesecake including some home grown bilberries and red currants. I made two – one of which will be going to a barbecue with us tomorrow:

And finally I made dog biscuits,

Now that was a productive day!

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  1. I am so impressed! I make my own muesli too as I am trying to avoid sugar. Would love to know your granola recipe.

    • Today’s recipe was: 3 cups jumbo oats, 1 cup pumpkin seeds, 2 cups mixed seeds (from Shipton Mill), 1 cup malted wheat flakes, 1 cup cashew nuts, 1/4 cup soft brown sugar all mixed together. Then I combined 1/2 cup nectarine puree, 1/4 cup maple syrup. 1/4 cup rape seed oil, good pinch of salt. I mixed the wet and dry ingredients together well, spread in an oiled roasting tin and cooked at 140C for an hour and a quarter, stirring every 15 minutes. I left it to cool in the tin once it came out of the oven and finally mixed in about 1 cup chopped dates.

  2. A lot of work, but it looks wonderful! Now I’m hungry. 🙂

  3. It certainly was a productive day! The warmer weather is coming here, and soon I’ll be able to get trays of produce for preserving. Yum!

  4. Oh yum! How satisfying to know that all those things are local ~ either from outside your backdoor or just a little way down the road. Enjoy it all.

  5. A day in the kitchen is always a most satisfying thing! It all sounds so yummy and even the dogs get something special 🙂

  6. You have been very busy. I’m needing a nap now. 🙂

  7. Good work! Its super satisfying to have such a productive day!


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