Magical moment in the garden

Magical moment in the garden

Look at these little beauties – after 3 year’s this has been the best Almond harvest yet!   Harvest is not only a time to celebrate our hard work by eating what we’ve grown, but it’s also a special time that brings people together. After harvesting all our stone fruit I invited my friend and her mother to come and help me make some spicy fruit chutney. Women sitting around a table preparing food is nothing new, but what I discovered today changed my understanding of just how powerful it can be. My friend’s mother has Alzheimer’s and was diagnosed less than 12 months ago. This cruel disease is slowly taking her away from her family but today, as she used her hands peeling apples and removing the hulls off the almonds, she was able to share stories of when she preserved fruits with her friends and what that meant for her then, and more importantly now, as she remembered.  Thank you for the lovely memory and helping prepare this year’s apple, zucchini, nectarine and peach spicy chutney. Recipe below.   Apple, Zucchini, Nectarine and Peach Spicy Chutney (I double the quantity to make about a dozen jars, but not the sugar. Peaches give the chutney enough sweetness for me.) 4 Apples 5 Ripe Nectarines or Peaches (I use both) 2-3 Zucchini’s (if you have over grown zucchini’s, they are great for this recipe) 3 Onions 5 Garlic Cloves 0.5 Litres of Water 0.5 Litres of Red Wine Vinegar (can use White Wine Vinegar) 2 tbsp. Curry Powder (Add more to make it spicier) 130 g Sugar (I don’t double the sugar for fear...