Thursday, 27 September 2012

Cucumber Relish

So, it has been a while.  Life has a way of taking off at times.  It is all good and there is much happiness around at the moment. It is all to do with a new baby in the family.  Welcome my precious. x

So, the year is 3/4 of the way through and the season has turned to autumn.  The time of harvest.  Sadly my apple tree was not very productive this year.  A combination of a wet spring and a lack of bees.  The blossom was beautiful as it always is, but a fierce rain storm lasting several days battered the flowers off the tree before the few insects that were about had a chance to do their bit.  So no apple pies for the freezer this year.  

The Last of the Cucumbers.

Lucky for me the cucumbers did well, partly due to the vast amount of rain.  Nice as they are in salads, the weather now does not really suggest cold food and so I have used the last of my cucumbers to make some pickle.  A surprising result I have to say.  Sweet, sharp, and fresh and I am sure it will go down well with some baked ham, or even on a nice grilled chop.  It has a hint of dill, which is THE herb to put with cucumbers.  (I wonder if this pickle would go with mackerel?)  Some chopped red and green bell peppers, onions, home grown celery and mustard seeds add a little extra colour and flavour.

Bottled up.

It is the season to be in doors now, so hopefully I will be able to get some serious creating done.

Cheers for now friends.