• Katy Gardener

Our very own green Pamploma Festival

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

The previous owners of our new house were epic vegetable gardeners. When we moved in last month we were greeted by a bulging greenhouse and vegetable garden. The biggest crop of all were tomatoes of every shape, size and colour. Jack and I greedily tried to eat our way through all the tomatoes but failed to keep up! Not only were we not eating fast enough, but as the weather turned the growing tomatoes stopped ripening and mould started spreading in the greenhouse. It seemed such a shame to throw them all away, so Jack came up with a plan.

picking tomatoes in the greenhouse
Avoiding the downpour in the greenhouse

At the weekend we all headed into the greenhouse to remove the mould from the tomato vines and pick the remaining crop. Jack then spent the rest of the weekend making Green Tomato Chutney. We also used cooking apples from the garden!

tomatoes, padron peppers, greenhouse
The goods!

Apart from picking the tomatoes, I had nothing to do with making the chutney, but here’s how Jack did it approximately:


  • Excess tomatoes: finely sliced

  • Cooking apples, peeled, cored and finely sliced

  • Raisins

  • Sliced onions

  • Salt

  • Light brown sugar

  • White Wine vinegar


  • Place the onions and tomatoes in a bowl. Pour over salt and leave overnight.

  • Next day bring vinegar and sugar to the boil in a pan. Add the apples and raisons to the pan and leave to simmer for ten minutes. Then add the tomatoes and onions to the pan and bring back to boil.

  • -Simmer the mixture for 2 hours and check for taste. Ours was too vinegary so we added some more sugar.

  • Transfer to chutney jars, label up and leave to mature for a good few months!

All labelled up and ready to eat in a few months' time

What’s been going on this week

Our puppy Gretel is now fully vaccinated, so we took her out to a local pub for lunch to celebrate. We could barely get through the door without the entire pub descending on us. Everyone cooed over her, so much so that I thought they should make more of a fuss of our son, rather than the puppy! After the pub, we took her on her first walk around our local park. She loved it. It was fun to see the world through her eyes and nose for the first time.

We’ve also started weaning Bertie. It’s messier than I could ever imagined. It’s useful having the dog to eat up all the mess that he chucks on the floor!

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