At the beginning of Spring we had a plan. We sowed trays of sweetcorn, beetroot, lettuce and tomatoes. The leeks, onions and potatoes were in the ground and the courgette plants bought. When the weather was warm enough we started planting in our garden and thought about what we would make with our bountiful produce. What we didn't anticipate was how much we would be working throughout the summer, how easy it is to forget about the garden as it is not directly attached to the house, and that despite buying a water butt it still sadly sits in the corner waiting to be filled with all that summer (now autumn) rain.
The only one of our neglected plants that has survived has been the tomatoes, which have grown despite falling over under their weight due to lack of pruning, and no watering other than what's fallen from above. So what to do with all of them?! Paola Westbeek gave me an idea with her spiced tomato jam in the September edition of The Quercy Local. I have previously made a chilli tomato jam from this book but I much preferred the flavour and texture of Paola's spiced version. We've had it so far with cheese, on BBQ'd meat and as a dip. It's so versatile, easy to make, and will hopefully see us through until Christmas.
What's your favourite recipe for preserving tomatoes?