I harvested our first bunch of rhubarb today as it was taking over more than it’s fair share of the veggie patch.  I’m getting so excited with all the produce that is starting to ripen in our garden.  Beans are appearing overnight as are cucumbers.  Although, Jairah seems to have a radar for finding the ripe cucumbers and manages to get them without me seeing.  Cheeky boy.  We have a lovely amount of lettuce that is tripling its size everyday and I am looking forward to tasting at least one of the three strawberries that are growing.  We’re certainly a long way from becoming self sufficient, heck, look at our crop of blueberries….

…..and no, no one had raided the bush first.  I suppose I should go easy on the plant, after all, it isn’t much bigger that a stick.  Hopefully all our other fruit trees will eventually provide us with more than just a token bounty.

But alas, I believe I made my inner granny very happy with my kitchen endeavours this afternoon, as I managed to bottle some nectarines (courtesy of a friend’s tree) and rhubarb.  Obviously deciding that wasn’t enough, I also stewed up the rest of the rhubarb with some apples so we could have apple and rhubarb sponge for dessert.  It’s just as well I didn’t have more fruit on hand, as I doubt it would have escaped being preserved!

Bottled Rhubarb and Nectarines

I think this nectarine is happy, don't you?

Apple and rhubarb sponge

I love that I am able to bottle a little of this summer’s abundance, which will hopefully last to be enjoyed once summer’s warmth is long gone, reminding us of the goodness that mother nature has provided.  Oh yes, my inner granny is most satisfied.  Jacinta x

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  • http://clover-seven.blogspot.com Tracey

    It does make one feel great to harvest food that we have grown doesn’t it? Love the berries; our trees are just starting to bud.
    You know I have only tasted rhubarb once, but I did like it. I have always lived on the southern east coast or the west coast where it just isn’t popular. I need to check and see if it will even grow here.

  • http://edegraw.me Erin @ Wild Whispers

    It all looks wonderful Jacinta! I can’t wait to have some space for a little garden of my own!

  • katherine

    Beautiful preserving. I don’t think we are granny’s at all LOL.

  • http://lauraemily.typepad.com laura emily

    yum! For what it is worth, they are really cute adorable lil’ blueberries. 🙂

  • http://www.catfurtomakekittenbritches.com Christy @ cat fur to make kitten britches

    SO jealous. I love rhubarb, but we won’t be seeing any around here for another couple of months at best. Another blogger I read who lives in the UK just posted about picking up the season’s first rhubarb at her farmer’s market….you all are just teasing me!

    Your preserves look divine, and your blueberry harvest made me chuckle!

  • http://the-random-thoughts-in-my-head.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    I am a little jealous of your apple rhubarb sponge. My rhubarb won’t make an appearance for at least 3 more months. Luckily I have some frozen. I think I’m going to get out a bag and make something! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://billabongs2bling.blogspot.com/ Linda

    What a great post Jacinta. It’s so nice to see people still wanting to have home grown food. There really is nothing nicer than having your own. We are all basically hunters and gatherers at heart I suppose. Love those blueberries, and just think of the antioxidants……………LOL……………