Monday, 12 November 2018

Dwindling Harvest

I can't believe that its been over a month since I contributed to Harvest Monday, but you will understand why - vegetables and fruit are beginning to dwindle.

The last of the cooking apples fell from the tree to the ground over the weekend with the heavy rain and gusts of strong winds.  Here are some tomatoes from the greenhouse.  Its the longest time we have let tomatoes grow on in the greenhouse, often clearing it to sow some winter salad. Do you think that I could still sow winter salad in the greenhouse?
I  have used the late tomatoes mostly as pasta sauce.  
I got a load of pears this year from the tree.  In fact its the first year we have actually had any, so I was busy baking with them.  
From this gorgeous Pear Cinnamon Cake to preserving them in some star anise and cinnamon flavoured syrup.  Looking forward to enjoying these with warm chocolate brownies and vanilla ice-cream.
I do still have some curly kale and black Tuscan aka dinosaur kale, and maybe some Brussels sprouts to harvest, but after that there will be nothing else, but hardy herbs. So very soon, my participation in Harvest Monday will dwindle until Spring next year.   For now, please enjoy this small harvest which I am sharing with Dave who hosts Harvest Monday at his blog Our Happy Acres.  

21 comments:

  1. Oh, how I envy your pear harvest. We had a tree in Massachusetts but now my pear recipes languish in the drawer. You have a pleasant way with words and images. (ediblegardens52)

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    1. Thank you so much Sue. Its the first year ever the tree has yielded. And thank you for your lovely words.

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  2. Your tomatoes still look amazing...and so does the pear cake...gorgeous...
    ~Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you Teresa. That is all of the tomatoes for now. Look forward to growing some again next year

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  3. Your harvest may be small but it looks beautifully formed to me! I would love a few of those preserved pears. Delicious!

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    1. Thank you Joey. Ah I would have been delighted to share some of those preserved pears with you.

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  4. Homegrown pears, what a treat! That cake looks beautiful and I bet it was delicious. I just now started some lettuce in our greenhouse, and though it grows a bit slower now it usually does fine.

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    1. Thank you Dave. Yes a treat and a first for us too. Thanks for your comment about the lettuce in the greenhouse, i'll def. stick some in as soon as the husband removes those tomato plants. I do have some winter salad seeds!

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  5. I am always in admiration of your garden - those tomatoes are gorgeous and your pears sound great - I spoke to someone yesterday who tried to make pear jam but it was too runny and made it in to dessert syrup.

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    1. Your kind Johanna. Its the first year we have been on top of the gardening, and every year here it gets better. I made a pear jam a long time ago
      https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/09/sungold-pear-jam.html
      I recall it being a bit runny too, I think it just takes longer for some reason to get to a jammy consistency.

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  6. That is indeed a gorgeous cake and I'm sure it is delicious too. Those pears in syrup look almost too pretty to eat. We will miss you on Harvest Monday. You should link up in the winter to show us how you are using your preserved harvests.

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I will try to join in with Harvest Monday when I can, I do still have chard, kale and sprouts.

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  7. I love the look of your tomatoes! Like you, ours went on and on, and are just stopping now. We are still picking figs, amazingly enough. We have beetroot, kale and some herbs now until Spring.

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    1. Thank you Sarojini, oh home grown figs what a delight! I have been coming by your blog, but none of them have updated blog posts, give me a nudge when you blog and which blog too :)

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  8. Your pear cinnamon cake looks gorgeous. And it's wonderful you were able to get tomatoes this time of year.

    I would definitely plant some lettuce in the greenhouse, especially if it's in a sunny part of the garden. At least it'll protect them from the bitter wind and icy wet weather.

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    1. Thank you Phuong. And for the advice re sowing some lettuce in the greenhouse. I will do so :)

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  9. Your pears sound delicious! It is so good to be able to open a jar in mid-Winter and enjoy the taste of Summer. I love having preserves in store!!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. Yes, it will be good to taste summer in Winter, I also have so many jars of plum jam and chutney - hoping to palm some off as Christmas presents to unsuspecting work colleagues and friends of course!

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  10. Those tomatoes!!!!! The most beautiful thing in the world!

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    1. You are ever so kind, but yeah I agree they are so pretty.

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  11. Wow, your tomatoes look great. I like to make these tomatoes into tomato sauce for dipping French fries. It's really delicious.
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