Green Tomato Pickles; Green Tomato Relish

Green Tomato Pickles

Remember all of those tomatoes? I know you have been losing sleep due to curiosity as to what I would do with them all. They’ve been ‘dealt with’. The ripe ones were turned into Garden Tomato Soup and the 4 kilos (9 pounds) of green ones were divided according to shape and size. 2 kilos … Continue reading…

Cherry Tomato Sauce

Cherry Tomato Sauce

This is a first. To the best of my knowledge I have never posted a 2 ingredient recipe before. It will probably create all sorts of problems with Google’s algorithms – I can almost see the emails now: Recipe missing ingredients, …. I actually thought I had posted this before. Faced with a counter full … Continue reading…

Refrigerator Pickles; Rain

When I lived in the U.S. I did a lot of canning (bottling to the Brits). I would order bushels of tomatoes and pickling cukes, pick up a few flats of peaches, take a few days off from work, and happily spend time in my kitchen preserving and pickling. I made mustard pickles, sweet pickles, … Continue reading…

Tomato Juice; pool update

Tomato Juice

First one sees a few flowers on the tomato plants. Then the cherry tomato starts with a few tiny green orbs. A week or 2 later there are the first cherry tomatoes but the big, full-size tomatoes seem such a long way off. A week or 2 after that the freezer is full of soup, … Continue reading…

Best Mustard Sauce…. Really; view from Paris

Mustard Sauce

I’ve posted this before, but it’s worth repeating for two reasons: First – it really is the ‘Very Best Mustard Sauce’. It’s made be almost everyone in my large, extended family and, for some, it’s the only reason to have ham. I actually make it without the requisite ham. We like it on chicken, turkey, … Continue reading…

The lost art of napkin folding

Okay, not really…. but my pretty Christmas tree napkins were noticed on my Christmas table: And a request was made for instructions. As a picture speaks more than a thousand words….. 1. Start with a square napkin folded in half, then in half again.   2. Turn the four loose (not folds) corners up.   … Continue reading…

Ginger Cranberry Sauce, Merry Christmas everyone

Another Christmas tradition is this easy cranberry sauce. Naturally, the recipe is lost somewhere in the mists of time…. which seems to be happening a lot lately. It’s easy, keeps well and the ginger adds a bit of spicy interest to the cranberries. If you have any cranberries lurking in the fridge – try this! … Continue reading…