September already! The month that seems ingrained with memories of stiff shiny shoes and freshly sharpened pencils ready for the new school year or of listening to the radio announcing the first day of spring as we cruised down the Hawkesbury River in Australia on honeymoon. When I say we, I don’t mean with my husband as he was at home in the middle of harvest. This wasn’t our honeymoon but my sister’s. The bride with her new husband on a small boat together with his mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law and four small children. We fished, we sang and danced to songs from the Jungle Book, played French skipping and at night the honeymoon couple slept on the kitchen table. Happy days.
Nowadays September means picking and dealing with fruit and vegetables from the garden that are slowly heading towards glut proportions. I can just about keep up with the runner beans if I cook half and freeze half each time I pick them. Too many courgettes have already grown enormous and I swear another tomato ripens every time I walk by.
The pantry shelves are slowly filling with jams, chutneys, fruit vinegars and pickles. This year I’ve decided to use big clear labels so that I can see the oldest jars without having to climb on a chair to peer at tiny labels. Despite my best efforts to store everything in a logical order, there’s always the odd jar that slips to the back for a year or
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Spiced crab apples are a favourite in my kitchen, mainly because they’re so easy and they make a wonderful accompaniment to a slice or two of cold ham. Also it seems such a waste that the tree is loaded with fruit each year and we end up throwing most of the crab apples onto the compost heap.
The Discovery apples are ripening fast. They aren’t my favourite variety but it will be a while until the Sunset and Cox are ready so they fill the gap. This week we’ve been eating them with dark treacle cake, which makes a sort of toffee apple combination and grating them into a rather boring dusty muesli (that I won’t make the mistake of buying again).
Once again, I’m joining in with Celia’s In My Kitchen series at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial as we tour the world to see what everyone has in their kitchen this month. If you have the time, check out some of the different blogs that are listed on Celia’s page.