Chutney: a savoury preserve…

  
It’s chutney season in my kitchen at this time of year. My chutneys are very popular for foodie gifts to sit alongside the traditional cheeseboard. To be honest, I can’t really keep up with demand! 

It takes a long time to cook and normally has a long list of ingredients, and it needs to be made sufficiently early so that it matures in time..

This year I have added a new flavour to my range ~ Beetroot & Apple Chutney. It’s amazing pink colour is so stunning and it is a great blend of sharp apple and sweet, earthy flavour of the beetroot. A touch of ginger and it is rounded off beautifully. Just what you need in a good chutney- a mature balance of all the ingredients. 

My range this season is: 

Beetroot & Apple Chutney

Apricot & Orange Chutney

Christmas Chutney

Pear & Walnut Chutney

Quince & Lemon Chutney

Chilli Jam (which is really a chutney..)

All £5 per jar. Luxury wicker hampers available – £27:50 for 4 jars (2 x jam & 2 x chutney)

Orders being taken! Email or message me to place an order. Don’t be disappointed- I’ve got limited stock..

May x

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New Stockist – Yalding Post Office

Thanks to June at Yalding Post Office, some of my range is now in stock in Yalding. 

My best-selling Chilli Jam is there, together with Lime Pickle and my other chutneys, Pear & Walnut and Trafitional Fruit Chutney. 

June and her husband, Tim are firm advocates of selling locally made and sourced products. It’s great for me to have somewhere close by, stocking a choice selection of my handmade and homemade goodies. 

It’s a beautiful village, with a lovely stone bridge. The post office is on the corner of that bridge! 

See you there! 

May x

Chutney wedding favours

  

Faye’s wedding favours are finally finished! She wanted 100 chutney favours in 3 different flavours. It’s taken me a while to make, and decorate but I’m really pleased with them, they look lovely with her choice of green and white gingham ribbon. 

I Hope her guests enjoy taking them home and remembering her wedding while enjoying the chutney with some cheese. 

Congratulations Faye & Philip and I hope you have a wonderful life together. 

May x

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match 2014

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We have just sat down. It’s been a long old day! On the field by 8 am, we were setting up and putting out our produce ready for a full day.

The farmers, friends and former work colleagues came out to enjoy a rural day of country pursuits. Traditional ploughing, horse events, dog events, and a thriving farmers market were big draws.

However, it was the huge number of amazing tractors, both old and brand spanking new that appealed to my two little boys! Teddy, at 22 months old has just learnt to say “tractor ” so all his Christmases had just arrived at once!

Turners Cider sold extremely well – so well that we’ve actually sold out completely! Not just the boxes we took with us, but that’s it.. It’s all gone. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. No more cider to sell, but it’s sold so well and has been so popular that it is very encouraging for the future.

May’s Kitchen was also busy with damson gin sales and I sold out of strawberry jam…

Now it’s time to put our feet up and enjoy a glass of beer with my takeaway!

….And relax….

Bodiam School Fun day – Monday 25 Aug

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Tower of May’s Kitchen goodies ready to take to Bodiam School Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday.
If I was working at anything else, I would be cursing having to work on a bank holiday Monday. But I’m not, I love it, and as long as the weather holds and it doesn’t pour with rain over me, I will be a happy bunny!

I love school fairs. They are a great way of supporting the school, meeting lots of new people, talking about my produce amongst other things, and most likely sell a few jars at the same time. What fun?!

Come and find my stall at Bodiam and we can chat about the weather while the children run around and you taste my lovely samples..

See you there!
May x

Happy New Year

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Oh, what a beautiful morning! Let’s hope it just stays this way…

Today is a frosty and cold (-1.5 degrees) January morning. It is cold by our standards but not as cold as the USA right now. Wrap up warm you guys..

So far, those living near us have had flooding, no electricity for days over Christmas and generally a grey & very soggy start to 2014.

However, a day like today makes the spirit soar! There is much happening in this new year already. New babies (no, not mine!), new ideas, new jobs, new plans and new directions.

Oh, and don’t forget that whilst doing all this new stuff there will be detoxing, no booze (not sure that will last long), eating healthy, exercising more and generally trying to be superwoman and keep a well- run household………!

I don’t think so! At the moment it would be an achievement to get my husband a clean & ironed shirt for work and to get my son to school on the first day of term – oops!

Even without being able to stick to many of my New Year’s resolutions, it is an exciting yet daunting prospect to look forward to the year ahead. Exciting, but a bit unnerving at the same time.

You never know what the future holds. I suppose every new business owner feels that way too. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

Happy New Year! Be happy, healthy & prosperous.