It's all about the preservation of food we've grown at the moment and it's a busy time of year.
A watering session in the polytunnel this morning saw me busy picking all the ripe stuff and bits and bobs of plants that were going over and finishing their useful growing life while the water trough filled up with more water for the watering cans.
So once back in the house everything that I had just picked was washed and prepped. This tray ready for the Aga has the last of the aubergines, the last of the green peppers and the last few home grown onions tucked in amongst the tomatoes and garlic. I find it satisfying that everything is home grown.
Once it's finished roasting and then cooled, it will be whizzed up and put into the freezer joining this stack of ready made tomato based sauces. We love a good roasted sauce on pasta, pizza, rice or as the base of many a dish. It can also be watered down slightly and turned into a delicious soup.
Another good thing to come out of having to empty out the flooded under stairs cupboard was finding a tub of my old soap base mix. So over the last couple of days I have made up another 4kg of soap to see us through the Winter. I cut each kilo block that I make into eight bars, so that's a total of 32 bars of soap now stored in this basket on the bathroom shelf ready for use. We have Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint and also a Tea tree and Lavender mix. It smells very good in the bathroom at the moment :-)
It's all satisfying prep for the season to come .... but bloody exhausting if the truth be told!!