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It is (almost) just as well that we have had monsoon like weather this weekend!  I have spent nearly the whole weekend in the kitchen.

As the rain has been pouring down here, we have taken any opportunity when it stops to rush out and gather some more fruit and/or vegetables.

So far this past week, we have harvested



converted to Lemon Cake a la Daily Spud and just a couple of pots of Raspberry Jam, and a yummy Clafoutis.

Raspberry & Blackcurrant Clafoutis



and more redcurrants

a total of 12 lbs!  An awful lot of them!  So there’s been Redcurrant Jelly and another Lemon Cake! Pounds and pounds put in freezer for later in the year and some shared with En Route. Anyone got any nice recipes for Redcurrants to share?


There’s Blackcurrant Schnapps, home-made Ribena from a Ballymaloe recipe, and Blackcurrant Jam and a few thrown into that Clafoutis.  And there are still 2 more bushes to be harvested!

Blackcurrant Jam

Home-made Ribena


They’re now a Gingered Gooseberry Chutney using a recipe I haven’t tried before from Denis Cotter’s book Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and me!


Gingered Gooseberry Chutney

And then the highlight of the weekend…. and I’m not sure you would describe this as part of ‘harvesting’…. but we had the first of our own duck for dinner last night!

It was amazing, best duck ever!

Just roasted simply with some honey and herbs (again from a Ballymaloe recipe) and served with salad – all from our own garden – and some new potatoes.

Roast Duck

Salad from the garden

So how has your weekend been?

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