My kitchen is imbued with the sweet aroma of plums and apples cooking.
|this afternoon's picking from the garden|
The garden has produced another bumper crop of apples and plums, far more than we can ever eat. Last year we made wine but this year we decided to do something different and bought ourselves a dehydrator. You can of course dry fruit and vegetables in the oven but this machine is especially designed for the purpose and can accommodate several racks at the same time.
Right now we have apples, plums and tomatoes drying, yesterday we experimented with courgette and beetroot crisps. They make a delightful snack, something I can eat without feeling guilty about the number of calories!
(Paul has been in charge of slicing the apples and courgettes, I have now been banned from using the mandoline after taking the tip of my finger off. “Go careful with that, it’s very sharp – oops, too late!”)
|apple crisps, dried tomatoes and plum slices|
The apple crisps are delicious, lightly seasoned with cinnamon and the dried plums are slightly chewy with an intense flavour. If we get the drying process right the produce should last for up to six months. So no apple or plum wine this year but we do have a bucket of elderberry juice fermenting away.