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Quince

11 October 2011

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Whilst I was cleaning up the allotment I was offered a big bag of handsome knobbly quince, of course I accepted but have never cooked with them before. After recipe discussions with my fruit foraging and expert crayfish catching friend I decided to make a quince jelly and membrillo.

The quince jelly is fairly straight forward but you do need to allow time to drip slowly through a bag to get a nice clear jelly. The membrillo is equally easy but pushing through a sieve is slow work so if you have a mouli then use it! Membrillo is a classic spanish quince paste that tastes great with manchego cheese and a glass of sherry, you can also use it to flavour sauces. I have saved a couple of the fruits to try out in a quince and apple cake and it would be delicious added to a crumble. …READ MORE…

Autumn Berries

6 October 2011

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On the dog walk this morning I collected some berries that are hanging like jewels from the hedgerows. I am trying to get inspiration for my next print and I just love the combination of glossy red and blacky blue in these fruits. Uk folklore states that blackberries should not be picked after Old Michaelmas Day (11th October) as the devil has claimed them by weeing on the leaves! so hurry up to pick the last few for your crumbles, the birds will feast on the rest. …READ MORE…

Harvest

23 September 2011

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Today my eldest took our allotment finds into school to decorate the church in Southrop for Harvest Festival. We managed to gather sunflower heads, strawberry plants, gourds, shallots and the last custard squash. The children had a fab time decorating and I love the apples in patterns and stacks. Although my overall favourite must be the rhubarb crosses, genius. …READ MORE…

Blueberries

6 July 2011

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Sometimes I grow things to see just how they grow, blueberries are one of these plants. I had no idea what the plant looked like before I bought 2 varieties, one early (Earliblue)¬†and one late (Bluegold). I have them in a oak planter full of¬†ericaceous soil and mulch them when I remember with pine needles. …READ MORE…