My Courgette Pickle
½ litre white wine vinegar
3 ½ cups sugar
1 packet of pickling spice mix (I used South African) Tie into a muslin bag.
Put into a stainless steel pan and bring to the boil.
8 cups of chopped courgette (about 1 cm square)
2 cups of sliced onions
1 cup sliced peppers
Simmer for 10 minutes. While that is happening, heat the jars in the oven - 100 degrees C for about 10-15 minutes. The hot jars are then tightly packed with the cooked vegetables and then filled to overflowing with the boiling vinegar liquid. The lids are screwed tight, and the sticky overflow liquid is washed off with hot water. The lids may need re-tightening as the jars cool down. Label and date. Delicious.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Stage 14 - Revel - Ax 3 Domaines 184.5 km Sunday 18 July
Another stage win by a Frenchman; this has been one of the more successful TDF for the French in recent years.
1. Christophe Riblon (ALM) France
2. Denis Menchov (RAB) Russia
3. Samuel Anchez (EUS) Spain
4. Andy Schleck (SAX) Luxembourg
Again the positions for the yellow jersey changed very little. Schleck is still 31 seconds ahead of Contador, despite the latter making several charges to get away. Andy Schleck was watching him like a hawk and every move Contador made was matched by Schleck. They finished in the same time group.
Stage 15 – Pamiers - Bagnères-de-Luchon 187.5 k Monday 19 July
It was the celebration of the 100th ride in the Pyrenees today, so it was perhaps appropriate that once again, we had a Frenchman winning the stage.
1. Thomas Voeckler (BTL) France
2. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) Italy
3. Aitor Perez Arrieta (FOT) Spain
Overall there was a major change today; sadly, Andy Schleck’s chain came off just before he reached the top of the last climb, just 20 km from the finish. The delay to replace the chain cost him a lot of time, so he lost his 31 second overall lead, and a bit more. He ended up in second place 8 seconds behind Alberto Contador, who now wears the yellow jersey. In third place is Samuel Sanchez, who is 2 minutes behind Contador.
Andy Schleck is still in the white jersey as the best young rider, but he will now need to do something special to beat Contador, who is expected to do better in the upcoming time trial stage at Bordeaux. The polka dot jersey (King of the Mountains) - the first three places are held by Frenchmen, but the jersey is being worn by leader Anthony Charteau. No changes in the green jersey competition, which is still led by Alessandro Petacchi.