Thursday, 20 August 2015

Preserving our Normandy Harvests

This week it has been all about preserving the harvests that are coming in from the veg garden, orchard and local hedgerows at Eco-Gites of Lenault.  So in answer to the question Annie, from Mammasaurs, asks us each week, "How Does Your Garden Grow?" I can answer, "Very well thank you!"

Produce from the veg garden and orchard at Eco-Gites of Lenault

Early Worcesters and windfall apples

Orange and green peppers with aubergines

Tomatoes galore

The largest tomato of the year!

So what, you might ask have I been making with all this produce?

Braised red cabbage
Oven roasted cherry tomatoes

Mediterranean chutney

Hedgerow jelly

I have also frozen broccoli, beans and courgettes.  This blog details the best way to freeze beans.  I have also made:

  • Ratatouille - recipe here for how I make ratatouille
  • Raspberry jam
  • Passata - my recipe for passata
  • Rhubarb cordial - with frozen rhubarb to free up freezer space
  • Ready made meals - courgette and tomato quiche, broccoli cheese, courgette bake, courgette soup, courgette fritters.

Phew!!  It's been a busy and productive week and I still have more to process.

Are you getting lots of produce and have you any recipe ideas for yet more courgettes that I have!



  1. Sounds like you've been very busy! But great to see so much harvest after all the work you've put in :) #hdygg

  2. You have been very busy! Those oven roasted tomatoes look amazing, and the red cabbage looks delicious. We are eating our tomatoes as fast as they are ready this year, but we are hoping and planning for a bigger harvest next year

  3. Fantastic harvest Rosie :) It's so nice to see what you've picked and then made with it. Braised red cabbage is a dish I love - we have a red cabbage in the fridge and were given lots of windfall apples last week so I think I might make some to stash away in the freezer. Reading your posts like this makes me yearn to be at our allotment.

  4. your garden grown very indeed from all the love and hard work you put into it. well done! the tomatoes look amazing and so do all the meals you have made. well done!

  5. what a fabulous haul of fruit and veg, looks all very yummy

  6. *Bows at your feet in awe of your garden to plate skillz*

    I have a huge hankering for braised red cabbage now which is somewhat poor seeing as it's the wrong side of midnight and the cupboards are bare. I've bookmarked your passata recipe for later in the week.

    Hope everything is ok there and your back is holding up ok. Thanks for joining in again x

  7. Very impressed by your harvest! Love the look of hedgerow jelly, yum. #hdygg

  8. Wow! What a gorgeous selection of fruit and veggies, you've been working so hard, it's lovely to see it all paying off

  9. Love seeing what people make with all homegrown goodies. I'm still waiting for my tomatoes but really want to make passata. This week I made a simple chutney with my courgettes - first time ever so I was very pleased with myself. The colours of the hedgerow jelly are glorious!


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