It’s nearly time – but are you ready?
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I went away to Normandy this weekend for my bi-annual pig-out around the countryside. No cheese is safe in Northern France when I beach myself on the shores, drunk on fresh sea air (and, um, a small personal supply of vin rouge.)
Anyway, I returned home late last night and this morning when I went for a little stroll in my garsn, I came across a beautiful sight. My fruit trees.
Suddenly it’s time. Grab your guitars and cultivate your beards girls, harvest season is about to start. My apples are turning Snow White red, the plums are suddenly verdant purple, the quinces are full of hairy promise.
I have a massive crop of apples this year so I’ve been scouring around for good chutney recipes (help anyone!) and also prettier ways to store my bounty.
So far, I’ve found these gorgeous tinted glass Kilner storage jars from Cargo HomeShop (the green one holds 1kg, £4.50, the smaller is 700g at £4) – way more interesting than plain glass and perfect for family vats of apple sauce or chopped fruit for brekkie.
I also like these chunky ribbed bottles from Steamer Trading Cookshop – lovely for home-made cordials or juices. The 250ml bottle costs £3.79.
And how about this cute preserve gift kit from Mac and Ninny (£6.50)? It comes in 8 different patterns if strawberry isn’t your thing.
I also like these Lakeland preserve labels and lids (£3.99) as a cooler retro graphic version than the now predictable vintage of Cath Kidston.
So there you go. My home-made preserves ready to be prettified, if I can just find the time to be a chutney-making home-baking mother in my September schedule…