It's only small, but the plum tree on our allotment has produced a gargantuan harvest this year.
I have lost count of the number of bowls, bags and basketfuls we have picked.
There have been plums in the fruit bowl, fridge and freezer.
Plums given away to family and friends.
And plums thrust into the hands of unsuspecting allotment neighbours.
But still there are more!
And so began the Great Plum Preserving Marathon!
First up was jam from a tried and tested Delia recipe.
Then followed chutney.
A Nigel Slater recipe which I made a couple of years ago but this time I doubled up the quantities.
And finally spiced plums in brandy from a favourite book Perfect Preserves : Maggie Mayhew.
The recipe is straightforward though a tad expensive since it uses copious amounts of brandy.
I'm hoping they keep well and will be good at .. ahem .. Christmas!
I've already had a sip of some of the leftover spice infused brandy and it was very delicious :)
Happy weekend everyone.
I'm off out soon to watch an outdoor short play written by a friend and then to babysit this evening. It is lovely daughter and her husband's 5th wedding anniversary today.