Thank you for all your kind words last week, after my father-in-law passed away. It was lovely to know so many people were thinking of us.
We had the funeral on Monday and the church was full, as he was a very well liked and respected man in our community.
We found the day exhausting and we felt very drained at the end of it.
Unfortunately we were away on holiday in Scarborough when we received the call that he had passed away. This was devastating for us as we couldn’t be with him during his final hours.
We obviously cut our holiday short and drove home that day, so we could be with my husband’s family.
We are all missing my father-in-law very much.
This last two weeks have been very hard on us all and I must say I have really had to push myself to do anything at the allotment…..but nature doesn’t stand still and things need to be picked (though I haven’t been keeping on top of the weeds as I would normally do).
Amazingly the allotment is looking good even though it hasn’t had much attention for three weeks now:
Things are growing well:
I also have melons growing in the polytunnel which I really need to support and I have little cucamelons which are about ready to eat:
Since coming home I have been picking my produce by the basket load and using it up or freezing it, pickling it or preserving it…
I have dug up my onions and garlic and they are currently drying in my mini greenhouse and I have begun digging up my potatoes, which I dry for a few hours before putting them in sacks to store for the winter:
The shallots have now all been pickled, together with my gherkins and my pantry is bulging, even though some have already been passed onto family and friends. However, the first jars to be opened are already half empty as my family love them, so they won’t last long:
As it has been a very dry summer here, my indoor and outdoor cucumbers have done exceptionally well and I have so many of them. They will store in a fridge for a few days, but there are only so many cucumbers that you can eat!
I read if you peel them and then puree them, they can be frozen in portions and then added to spag bogs, pasta sauces, etc. so I have given this a try and I’ve found it’s a great way to add a few vitamins without the family knowing:
Also, I made a very easy Cucumber and Mint Sorbet. It sounds horrible, but it is quite a surprisingly refreshing taste. I must admit I couldn’t eat a whole bowl of it, but a scoop served with another pudding, e.g. meringues, is really lovely and it will impress friends at a dinner party.
Cucumber amd Mint Sorbet:
800 grams of cucumber that has been peeled and the seeds scooped out
5 – 10 grams mint leaves (I used apple mint from the garden)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
130 grams icing sugar
Start by putting the cucumber, mint, lemon juice and icing sugar into a food processor:
Blend until the mixture is runny, but still a bit course (see the photo below):
Chill for a few hours in the fridge.
Then pour the mix into an ice cream maker and let it do the hard work for you.
When it is ready, transfer the sorbet to an ice cream tub and pop into your freezer until required.
(If you haven’t got an ice cream maker, just put the blended ingredients into a container and freeze. Remove from the freezer every 1-2 hours and mash vigourously with a fork to break up the ice crystals).
Decorate the sorbet with some fresh borage flowers from your garden if you have them.
I just wanted to finish by saying a big ‘thank you’ to those of you that voted for my blog in the ‘easyshed.co.uk’ competition. I am amazed that I received so many votes and even more amazed to have won – thank you so much.
I will be back next Friday at my usual time.
Thank you for reading my blog today.