A glut this huge has the makings of a two-parter. Yes, I think we’ll be needing two weeks’ worth of recipes to use up this lot. And it is certainly a glut worth revelling in. A grape glut! Not mine. More’s the pity. My neighbour’s, who has a vine in her back garden, pays it almost no attention (in fact, I think it’s considered a bit of a pest) yet is swamped, literally swamped, with grapes.
Now, when someone invites you to come and help yourself to their glut there’s an awkward moment of glut-pilfering etiquette that ensues. One man’s glut is another man’s perfectly normally sized harvest and if you haven’t seen the glut in question, you don’t know what’s on offer. So, the big dilemma is this: how big a bucket do you take with you when you go to pick said glut? Turning up with a wheelbarrow might be tempting, but you could appearing greedy or, worse, grabby. But turn up with a modest mixing bowl and you risk missing out on a huge harvest should the pickings be rich.
Such was my dilemma when the grape glut was offered. I went safe and took my biggest tupperware (I have BIG tupperware). Turns out I could have taken a tractor trailer. I’ve never seen so many grapes on a British vine! I picked 6 kilos (SIX!) and it didn’t look like I’d even been there. Heaven!
So, what to do with them all? They have seeds in them so juicing is an obvious choice. I think we’ll come to that next week. But this week, with the weather still fairly mild, I wanted to make something fresh and light. A weekend salad of grapes, baby spinach leaves, walnuts and gooey, mature goats cheese ensues and is most satisfying. Grapes, it turns out, go fabulously with goats cheese. I have a bit more of a play around and discover roasting works well too:
(Oh, and in case you missed last week – I’ll be at Waitrose Banbury store cafe on Thursday 25th October for an autumn feast supper club. More info, menu, ticket sales etc here. It’d be lovely to cook for you!)