The tomatoes are coming to an end, and some of our gardening neighbours have already uprooted their plants, resigned to its being a bad year for them. We’re picking and eating peppers every day and we’re pleased we planted so many different varieties which all have their own characteristics: the ones on the left of the photo above are Corno di Toro which are good for stuffing; there’s a spicy Kolaska next to the aubergine and some Longues des Landes on the right – they’re both good varieties for grilling on the barbecue. In the centre there are a few red chillies.
For lunch today we grilled some green peppers and the aubergine on the barbecue. I then skinned the peppers, which is very easy when they’ve been grilled and the outer skin has blackened. I made a salad with them, some oregano and chopped garlic, goats’ cheeses from Mas Rolland and some cherry tomatoes, added a bit of salt and some olive oil and served them with fresh Aveyronnais bread.
We picked another five or six kilos of figs this morning and made some more jam. The recipe is very simple: for each 600 gm of figs, chopped and put in a large pan, I added 400 gm sugar and the juice of half a lemon. I brought them all to the boil and simmered until the jam thickened and began to set when a spoonful was put on to a cool saucer. Then bottle in sterilised jars. We now have twenty jars of mixed, green or black fig jam, so we know we’ll have something for winter breakfasts.
Mussels for supper
As usual on a Saturday morning, the coquillage van from Bouzigues came to the village, so we bought a kilo of mussels and ate them this evening in a sauce made with onions, garlic, wild fennel, lardons, white wine and crème fraiche. And as usual they were delicious.