How Generous are our Neighbours !

We really can’t get over how generous our neighbours are, always giving and never expecting anything in return. Today I wanted to prune our huge apple tree as the branches were being pulled down by the sheer weight of all the apples. I have already picked vast amounts off the tree the past few weeks and to be honest there is only so many apples I’m prepared to peel, we have even decided to try to make some cider. Anyway I decided to give some of our apples to our neighbours as a way of returning some of their generosity but by doing that, in return, they gave us a load of vegetables from their gardens, its becoming a vicious circle ! So here I am once again surrounded by loads more cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, etc. I was even given some lovely flowers. So it looks like I will be spending the afternoon making more jars of preserved veg, I wouldn’t mind nut I really don’t have a clue what I’m doing. It’s a case of making it up as I go along and hoping for the best but still, it’s a learning process and that’s part of the pleasure of living here in Bulgaria.
If anyone has any ideas for preserving tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc I would be more than grateful, but please keep it simple as I’m still wearing my ‘L’ plates haha. Please leave ideas in comment box.

20130731-124519.jpg. My lovely flowers.

20130731-124602.jpg. From my generous neighbours !


  1. palepeacock

    Peppers can just be frozen, cucumbers can be made into pickles, but those look kinda big, but if you slice them up it might work. Tomatoes can be made into salsa with the peppers, or you can make tomato juice. Peppers and cucumbers need to be pickled and processed in a hot water bath in order to keep, not enough acid in them to keep them safe to eat. Tomatoes have enough acid and can easily be processed into something that will keep. There are tons of websites and YouTube videos that demonstrate how. None of it is very difficult you just need to follow the steps and find some recipes online. There is a Bulgarian or Turkish dish called Lutenitza or Lutenitsa that is Amazing made from tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. That is what we make and preserve/can with the majority of our tomatoes and peppers. There are several steps involved, but it is so good. Here is a recipe

  2. boby

    (hm, my first comment is missing, reposting)

    Those cucumbers won’t make good pickles. What’s best for those is peel them, chop them into small cubes and freeze them. Then use them to make tarator in the winter! Just mix youghurt:water 1:1, add the frozen cubes directly to the mix – this way they won’t get mushy. Now add some dill, walnuts, garlic and oil and you’re done! ūüôā

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  4. Cumbrian

    Cucumber pickle
    ‚ÄĘ Cucumbers, unpeeled and cut into thin slices ( a mandolin slicer works great)
    ‚ÄĘ 1 or 2 small onions, sliced and separated into rings
    ‚ÄĘ 3 cups white sugar
    ‚ÄĘ 2 cups white vinegar
    ‚ÄĘ 1/4 cup pickling salt
    ‚ÄĘ 1 teaspoon turmeric
    ‚ÄĘ 1 teaspoon celery seed
    ‚ÄĘ 1 teaspoon mustard seed
    1. Fill an empty 1 gallon bucket with cucumber and onion slices.
    2. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for several minutes.
    3. Pour over cucumbers and onions.
    4. Stir and let cool.
    5. Cover and store in refrigerator. (Will keep for months, if they last that long!)
    6. They are ready to eat when they change colour.

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