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Produce & Preserving

How To Dry Salt Cure Olives

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I love having lots of homemade olives around but I have to confess that sometimes I’m a bit slack with changing pickling liquid every day. … read more »


It’s Olive Season!

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I spent a day recently with a few eager family members picking olives for oil, and a few for eating. This might sound a little … read more »


Quince Paste – an easy(ish) recipe

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With their rich perfume and deep red colour when cooked, quinces are one of my favourite fruit. They are fantastic simply stewed and served  with … read more »


Green Tomato And Apple Relish

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Tomato season is over, just a few stragglers on the vines plus a few that will never ripen now. Yesterday I helped pull down the … read more »


How To Make Vincotto

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Every winemaking season we put aside a few buckets of grapes to make delicous syrupy vincotto – also called vinicotto or vino cotto. Although vincotto … read more »


Canning Tomato Passata

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The end of summer is a delicious time. The last month or two we have had tons of zucchinis, eggplant, onions, apples, peaches and more … read more »


Picking And Curing Olives

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Olive oil is an important part of Italian cooking, at least for some regions – that spicy, peppery taste gives an extra dimension to anything … read more »


You Need A Tomato Press

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Our family has been growing a large patch of tomatoes for a few years now, and bottling our own tomato sauce for pizza sauce, pasta, … read more »