To London, to London

to buy a fat pig? No, but obviously I ate like a pig because despite walking an unaccustomed 5.5-7 miles per day, I gained 6 pounds! I’ll write more about the trip later. Obviously, one can’t leave a productive potager without there being changes. First of all, it didn’t rain the entire time…at home; it rained LOTS in London! Secondly, apparently no one harvested anything while I was away. Thirdly, our first frost arrived, blackening the basil, killing the zinnias, celosias, tomatoes and peppers. Fortunately, I was able to salvage most of the produce. The first job was to pick all the ripe and nearly ripe tomatoes and turn them into juice.

Lots of winter goodness ahead!

While the tomatoes were cooking, the peppers were picked and enough green tomatoes and cabbage to make a batch of piccalilli.

I hope we like it….it’s a new recipe.

Anything likely to be harmed by another frost was harvested and moved to the garage. Tomatoes that had frozen were taken as a treat for the neighbor’s chickens. While we were in London, I purchased little mince pies to bring home, but I ate them for breakfast each day, so none made it home! So, next a basket of green tomatoes were chopped, combined with apples, cherries, raisins, orange peel, spices, etc. to make a vegetarian mincemeat.

Green tomato mincemeat ready to cook down.

All cooked down, and it tastes amazingly good!
Mincemeat pies and tarts are in our Christmas holiday future!

Still, I have a bounty of produce that needs to be turned into something soon! It’s mostly peppers and green tomatoes. Here’s what’s left.

Any suggestions? Not chutney, because there are dozens of jars still left from last year. And there’s a batch of green tomato chili simmering on the stove right now. As Aunt Pittypat sighed as she poured a little wine each glass in Gone With the Wind,”it’s the last, the very last” and I’m determined not to waste it!


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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11 Responses to To London, to London

  1. Wow, that’s a project for sure. My husband is learning about canning and he would love all this. So far he has made lots of pickled things, jams, and tomato sauces for his homemade pastas and pizzas.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful trip! That’s a mighty big haul in spite of the weather. I miss harvests like this back when we were growing a CSA garden. We planted very little in our containers this summer, but we are already starting on setting up and preparing next year’s traditional garden.

    Your mincemeat sounds awesome, too. 🙂

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  3. terrifortner says:

    Tomatoes almost always end up being spaghetti sauce as we eat it once a week and I can make homemade cheaper than the stuff at the store. The peppers I slice and freeze on a sheet pan then bag for storage. This way I can use them however I want in whatever I want all year round.
    Sounds like a great time was had on your trip. Love a good harvest blog. Thanks.

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  4. Helen says:

    I’ve reached the same point in preserving – need to do something else with the overflow of produce! Have you thought about dehydrating as an alternative means of storage?

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  5. Must try the mincemeat recipe as I have lots of green tomatoes 🌺

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  6. Kit Miracle says:

    I’m sure your local food bank would appreciate the fresh produce.


  7. Chicken Librarian says:

    Whoa! That’s a lot of produce left! I’m loving the sounds and looks of the veggie mincemeat. Although mincemeat isn’t as popular here in the States. But we like anything and everything on the homestead. We actually just started having our first frosts this past week, but I put the garden to bed long ago.


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