Tomato Chutney – Preserving summer

The end of summer heralds the start of early autumn with the appearance of Damsons, Pomegranates and flavourful Tomatoes. Now is the best time for Tomatoes which have ripened in the summer sun ready for eating. I just love the smell of fresh tomatoes, its such a unique scent! One of the best ways to lock away a taste of summer is in jams and chutneys.

This is a pretty simple tomato chutney recipe but you can jazz it up and add different flavours if you want. A spicy option would be to add a whole chilli, smoked paprika might give this a barbecue type flavour and you could add some herbs for an almost Italian feel.
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Summer Fruit Pavlova

Last Sunday was Father’s Day, I’m fortunate enough to have quite a good relationship with my parents when I was at University I knew a lot of people my own age had quite strained and difficult relations with their immediate family. In a way it made me feel more fortunate and a little sad for them – maybe we should take these family days as a moment to try and overlook the more troubled times and just enjoy being together.

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A trip to London

At the start of the year HippieDalek and I took a trip to the bright lights of the big city, it was nice to be in London as a tourist rather than being there ‘for’ any particular event. We had a great time touring the city. There were so many ‘highlights’ from our trip its hard to pick out just a few but here we go!

I think most photos on my camera are of the facinating props and sets of the Harry Potter Studio Tour. If your a massive Harry Potter fan like me then you’ll love taking a peek behind the scenes, even if your not I do think its interesting to see quite what goes on in making feature films quite on that sort of scale. Be warned though grab lunch before going on the tour as it can take up to three hours! Having seen so many of the sets and visiting so many of the Harry Potter locations from the first film it has made me want to re-watch them all over again.
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