I’m Lucy Kay, I live with my husband and daughter on our farm in Nottinghamshire and run my business The Pesky Partridge making bespoke clothing and accessories. I love singing, horse riding, baking, reading, cross stitch and anything creative.
I’m really excited to be a part of the LCC and this is my first ever blog so I hope you like it.
The weather has been strange all this year echoing life I think, all of our fruit and veg seems to have ripened a lot earlier than normal. We’ve had kilos of blackberries and I’ve made lots of jam and frozen more, the apples are about ready and our veg just keeps on giving. We love courgettes but even we can’t eat all our plants have produced this year so I found a courgette chutney recipe that is simple and tasty. I will share it below so please let me know if you try it and what you think.
2 medium white onions
4 cloves garlic
1 fresh chilli (I use 1 tsp lazy chilli in a jar)
25g root ginger
100ml sunflower oil
2 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp turmeric
300ml cider vinegar
225g Demerara sugar
Chop courgettes in small pieces or slice on a mandolin. Place in a colander, sprinkle with salt then stand in sink and leave for a couple of hours.
Peel onion, garlic, ginger and place in blender with chilli – blend till it forms a paste.
Rinse courgettes with cold water & dry well.
Heat oil in a large pan, sprinkle in mustard and coriander and fry for 2 minutes.
Add courgettes, vinegar & sugar, stir, bring to a simmer and cook slowly until courgettes are soft and liquid has reduced.
Pot in sterilised jars.
We’ve enjoyed this on meats and cheeses.
Normally this month is busy with events such as Burghley horse trials and the local ploughing matches (Flintham & Southwell) which I have a stand at but for obvious reasons they are cancelled.
As the months go on I aim to bring you the odd recipe, a gift guide of local businesses nearer to Christmas, local events and anything else that may be of interest. Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to know.
Regional Reporter - East Midlands
Hello, I’m Lucy I live with my husband, daughter and various animals on our farm in Nottinghamshire. After being a rural chartered surveyor for twelve years I set up my business; The Pesky Partridge Making bespoke country clothing and accessories. I’m passionate about making high quality garments that fit real people using materials made in the UK. My hobbies include: horse riding, singing, baking, cross stitch and reading.