More dental woes, and preserving the summer glut for a frugal winter

  I can’t believe I am still suffering from dental pain! I went to the dentist and he said it was a cracked filling then booked me in for a months time! The pain went from bed to excruciating over the weekend and I had to find an emergency dentist on Sunday morning who told me I had an infection so she couldn’t do anything except give me antibiotics and to go back to my regular dentist.  I have an appointment tomorrow and just hope he can sort it. 

  However it still hurts a lot and I have had two days off work with it – very unusual for me but I can’t sleep and am a bit out of it with all the painkillers I have been taking. I can’t believe one little tooth can cause so much trouble, and I daren’t think how much it will cost if I have to have a root canal treatment. I am seriously considering dental insurance for the future. I have rarely had problems, but I’m getting older and so are my gnashers!!

  I tried to distract myself today by pickling more cucumbers, making tons of courgette soup for the freezer and making a nice vat of ratatouille for tea tonight, which is soft enough for me to eat if I mash it up a bit. I feel like a baby!! All my food is currently in purée form.

The courgettes, tomatoes, peppers and onions in the ratatouille are all from the veg patch, so I am very happy with that. It’s delicious, if I say so myself.

Thd pickled cucumber recipe is here if you fancy it. It’s really yummy, sweet and crunchy!

The Good Life: Redcurrant Jelly, and ‘this week we will be mainly eating runner beans’!

redcurrant jellyMy freezers seem to be very full, which is a bit ominous as I am about to hit courgette, runner bean and tomato glut time and will need to be freezing some. I have pulled out all the ends of bread for bread pudding, and some frozen redcurrants to clear some space. I don’t get that many redcurrants (from my neighbours overhanging bush, as she doesn’t use them) so save up a couple of years worth to have enough for redcurrant jelly, my favourite. I know you can use it on meat, but for me it is completely delicious on hot toast! Mmm, salivating now.

Straining the redcurrants with my dishcloth strainer!

Straining the redcurrants with my dishcloth strainer!

So I made some this morning, and I am waiting for it to cool so that I can eat some 🙂 I couldn’t find my jelly muslin, so I fashioned a strainer from a new dishcloth and it worked a treat! Necessity is the mother of invention after all.

rolling boil

Bringing the jelly to a rolling boil

The garden is looking lush and productive, with spinach, lettuces, courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes and runner beans all ready to eat.

The sweetcorn looks just pathetic. I’m not sure why, although I haven’t grown it in that spot before so maybe it doesn’t like it for some reason.

Triffid pumpkin

Triffid pumpkin

The sweetpeas are just starting to look lovely so I need to cut some today, and the pumpkin is going crazy! If I’m not careful it will take over the veg patch. I deliberately planted it right at the edge but it is spreading everywhere. I think I will grown my pumpkins somewhere else altogether in future, but for now just keep pulling and training it onto the grass at the front of my patch.

Off to try to dry my laundry before it rains again, and do the weekly clean. It is non stop at Shoestring Cottage as usual, but if I get everything done today I can have a nice day out with Mr S tomorrow.

What are you growing this year? And what are your plans for the weekend?