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October 17, 2012

I’ve taken the secateurs to the blighted tomato plants, but not those in the increasingly misnamed “rabbit land” (the current rabbit won’t go in the garden and get her fur wet, let alone dig a burrow with her paws). These rabbit land tomatoes have escaped the blight and are showing every sign of ripening in spite of the rain – but those in pots in the garden are a sorry sight.  I don’t usually do gardening, which is the beloved’s territory, so for me to be moved to horticultural action means something obviously needs doing, although I have to say it doesn’t often work like that  – which the lawn will attest to (too wet). Good job it’s bin day (compost) tomorrow.

With the salvaged tomatoes I’m going to make chutney.

I may have mentioned before that I’m not one of those who thinks that the best ingredients should go into soup and so it probably won’t be surprising to learn that I don’t think the best ingredients should go into chutney – in fact I don’t think I can be alone in this because everyone makes green tomato chutney and if that isn’t a question of expedience I don’t know what is.

No matter.  The tomatoes I have are a little past their best in some cases and I will have to cut the blighted bits off others, but when matched with enough apples, onions, sugar, vinegar (which, though I profess not to care about the quality of ingredients, will probably need to be cider vinegar) and Dorset Naga chillies, no one will tell the difference. Especially if the Dorset Nagas live up to their reputation.

Today I weighed the tomatoes: 1lb 12oz – or a large cereal bowlful with some balancing on the top if you’re metric. Tomorrow I’ll gather the rest of the ingredients and get cooking. I’m looking forward to it. The house will smell like a pickle factory for a week.

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