Harvest

It’s harvest time here in the Mabbsonsea garden.

The tomatoes are nearly over (this picture is a couple of weeks old).  They haven’t thrived this year, but there’s still nothing like eating a sun-warm tomato.

Tomatoes

 

The courgettes are having a second wind, producing some small fruits on vines that look nearly dead.

Courgettes

 

This is my first crop of potatoes.  They probably cost me a couple of pounds each, but they are really delicious.

Potatoes

 

My aubergine (eggplant) plants, grown from seed, didn’t fruit.  Aubergine is one of my favourite vegetables.  I do a cheat’s version of mellanzane alla parmaggiana, by frying slices of aubergine in olive oil, spreading them with sun dried tomato paste and topping with a slice of mozzarella, then  grilling them to melt the cheese.   As the British aubergine season is nearly over, I ordered a couple of kilos of aubergines from Barcombe Nurseries (who do us a weekly delivery of organic veg, fruit and eggs).   I cut them into chunks, salted them, fried them, then added them to a rich tomato and onion sauce, added sugar, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice and then popped the sauce into three (sterilised) Kilner jars.  I had this sauce in mind, based on a dish I ate on a course years ago, but I couldn’t find a recipe that resembled it.  Anyway – I don’t like following someone else’s idea of how to cook the food I have in front of me in my kitchen.   I just hope there’s enough vinegar in there for the preserving to work and we don’t die of botulism.

Aubergines

 

Bon appétit!

 

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