As I anticipated, yesterday was a very good day. I made my plum and apple chutney although the fruits all disintegrated into mush and I was a bit exercised as to when it was ready for bottling. I hope I've got it right anyway. I also made two loaves, using up the last bit of a bag of wholemeal so my bread will be of the healthy variety for a few days!
Lunch all cooked well and, after doing his gardening, Alex devoured everything as if there was no tomorrow. All that was left was a small portion of runner beans which I can use today.
As for today - well, no school work, I have decided. After all, it is bank holiday. I have a kitchen to tidy after yesterday's efforts (before I mess it all up again with today's) and then I have a lot of plums to use up. I think I might have a go at plum jelly as these plums do seem to mush into liquid rather easily and jelly is easy to make. After that I will make some more onion marmalade. The last lot ended up absolutely wonderful after a few months' maturing and I need, definitely need, some more!
Something my bloggy friend, Diane, said yesterday got me thinking. Basically, she said she doesn't do much preserving as not may people in her home eat preserves. Now, I'm in the same boat because there's only me and there's a limit to how much one person can manage.
However, at school there are always so many lovely people who work so hard to enable us teachers to do our jobs properly. Office staff, cleaners, the caretaker, all the fantastic 'mummy and daddy helpers', not to mention a number of my colleagues with whom I work . . . and I do like to give a token gift at Christmas and at the end of the year. And, of course, there is always family.
At present, these little jars of deliciousness make a wonderful gift and that's what most of them are used for. I just keep a few apart for me and I thank my lucky stars that chutneys, at least, keep for many years, improving by the day!
But what shall I do when I retire? I love making my preserves. I love using food that would otherwise probably be chucked away - apples and plums that people give me, bless them. What shall I do when I retire? I shall have to think through that one!