Monday, 9 September 2019

Yellow Purple and Green Harvest Monday

I am back from my vacation, we had friends come over from the States, so we showed them what a beautiful country Wales is.  We also got to explore parts of the West coast. I will share more in the coming weeks.

Today I am sharing some of my harvest  as well as what's making my garden radiate with colour
Starting of with this sunflower...they are still growing....just not tall or big.
D picked up these pot chillies a few weeks ago from the garden centre to give the garden additional colour. We did this last year and loved the colour they added to the battered galvanised animal feed trough we picked up last year.  
I have not been good this year in using making the most of the plums, so no jams, chutneys with this them year, though I have made lots of plum cakes (some of which were taken into work) and a plum and chickpea curry!  

We still have some courgettes, though they are beginning to dwindle now.  In the same ground, I have some rainbow chard growing.  I will share them next week when I hope to harvest some for dinner. 

We had load of tomatoes to harvest, these are just some of them along with some raspberries and strawberries - yes, I am still getting strawberries, surprisingly. 
We have lots of beans.  I made Sarah Beattie's Green Bean Korma again, this time for our guests.  

I spotted a couple of pea pods too.  
And plenty of rhubarb.  I made a Rhubarb and Lentil Curry for my guests and they loved it. 
We have some cooking apples, but not that many as most fell to the ground every time there was a gust of wind. 
The pears are hanging on though.  I need to look for some pear recipes, so if anyone has some ideas, please do share - otherwise I will be preserving them in Star Anise Syrup again.  I am hoping to pick them this weekend.

I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.


  1. Nice to have you back with lots of colour and warmth - I love hearing about what you made for your friends - sounds like a lovely visit. And that sunflower and pot chillis are so cheerful. Plus the produce is just so fruitful and varied - your box of tomatoes and the coloured beans look so beautiful.

  2. It's amazing you are still getting strawberries and rhubarb too! That's a lovely sunflower, regardless of the size.

    1. Thank you Dave. Yeah the strawberries were a surprise.

  3. Pears are enviable. I poach them in syrup of 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water with cinnamon stick and some cloves. Rhubarb and Lentil Curry sounds very interesting.

    1. Thank you Sue. Yes I will poach them. The Rhubarb and Lentil curry is a fave in our home,

  4. Using rhubarb in a savory dish is a great idea. It’s really very sour and needs so much sugar as a sweet.

    best... mae at

  5. Hi, plum butter...or plum and apple..a use for foraged crabapples!! Stone the plums, cut the apples across..don't peel them. In a pan with enough cold water to not quite cover, cook until soft. Put the pulp in a jeely bag/muslin and drain...I wouldn't Squeeze too much. You can make jelly from that, 1 pint juice to 1 pound sugar. Seive the pulp and'll need equal amount for fruit cheese or 1 pulp to Three quarter sugar for fruit butter which doesn't keep so well. Gently heat the pulp until a line drawn with a spoon across the pan almost stays clear. Much stirring will be needed so that it doesn't stick...and the same again when you and the sugar and reduce it again. Have fun!xx

  6. Those chilies look awesome! SO colorful and FUN!


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