Friday, March 22, 2013

The Village Picnic

It was Bikefest, in the middle of the heatwave. We were in a tent. People came and tasted preserves and some entered them into competion. Thank you people! We had a Blood Orange Jelly, a Fresh Mango Chutney, a Chilli Jam and a couple of Fig Jams as well as some of our own preserves to try. We also had shiny black judging ribbons, which might've been my highlight, seeing everyone looking so official. Some more over on the Squeaky Wheel blog.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Village Picnic, a small update

The Chutney Club Preserves Challenge at the Bikefest Village Picnic (see below) has new times. You can now enter your preserves between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, with Champion preserver announced at 4pm. We'll be at the Feast table on the Mercator Lawn, Abbotsford Convent. See you there!

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Village Picnic

Chutney Club will be hosting a preserves competition as part of Bikefest's Village Picnic on the 9th of March at Abbotsford Convent. If you've been meaning to make something with the last green tomatoes, or your larder is full of the year's harvest, whether it be jams, marmalades, pickles, relishes or sauces you are welcomed to bring along your best jar to the Village Picnic's Feast Table on the day. Enter the preserves competition, sample your competitors creations, swap ideas and recipes, get some inspiration and let the judges decide who's the award winning preserving champion of the day.

Enter from 12noon-2.30pm - winner being announced at 3pm.

Entries are judged on flavor, consistency and appearance. All jars must be labeled clearly, including the date they were made and we'll also want to know what is in it.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spring 2012

A meeting at my place. Also some lovely photos from Kate here. Thanks to little Gene for being here, and Sadie and Scout for so much entertainment, beautiful girls.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Seasonal Vegetables

We just made a loan to Bilqees group via Kiva, to buy seasonal vegetables. I loved the colour in the saris and onions in this photo, so thought I would share.

Bilqees, Sharifan, Nasreen Bibi, Zainab Bibi, Rehana Kosar and a mountain of red onions. Relish?

I just planted raspberries in my garden, and some cucumbers, too, though my red onions have gone to seed due to weather fluctuations. Aaah, Melbourne in spring time.
Looking forward to the meeting on Sunday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


We will be meeting on the 30th of September. Sneaking in a spring meeting to maybe even meet and greet some new members. I'm making horseradish. Neigh. Photo found by Adam. Thanks Adam.

Also just wanted to share our 51st Kiva loan, you can see the details here. And an open invitation to all to join us on Kiva.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Autumn at Don's

We had our Autumn meeting at Don's warehouse in Northcote. It was such a good day.
Nice to be in such a big open space, the rope swing was very popular. As was the record player.

bird climbs the rope

There was quince chutney, rhubarb chutney, homegrown cherry tomato chutney, peach brandy butter and National Trust pickled onions. Nomnomnom.


I made a brioche plait, all soft and sweet. I also made watermelon rind pickle, the recipe is from the Time Life Good Cook Preserving book. It's a weird consistency, but tastes good! I also bought a couple of jars of bread and butter pickles, as I wasn't sure how well received the watermelon rind would be, and I have been making lots of pickles and jam. I also took a few jars of fig and vanilla jam, the neighbour's tree has been very abundant, and still has fat figs ripening. They aren't so good to eat fresh, but make very nice jam.