Before we launch our next exhibition we must deal with the season of abundance upon us, and it’s a bumper year at our Fillingdon Gallery garden. First up on the homemade stakes have been pots of pine-nutty pesto whizzed up in the blender from a lush crop of lurid green basil grown in the greenhouse, which we are now enjoying in great oily dollops on fresh pasta…….mmmmm!
A gorgeous sunny bank holiday weekend prompted a precarious clamber up the greengage plum trees to beat the wasps to the sweet harvest. The result was buckets of these deceptively ugly, unripe looking fruit which taste of pure honey-nectar and have a multitude of uses.
Washed and sorted they are now being hastily transformed into plum chutney, plum & mint sauce (coupled with our fabulous wild mint – a favourite with the bees!), plum jam, plum brandy, plum & apple jelly…..it really is ‘the good life’, but hard work thinks the dog!