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Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Chutneys, Jams and Jellies

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A month or so ago I wrote a series of posts about chutneys, jellies and jams, but I didn’t write anything about how they tasted (as I didn’t know), so here is a short post on how they all turned out. (more…)
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Rosehip and Apple Jelly

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This is the last in a series of posts about chutney’s, jams and jellies. Bella and I had a great time in September gathering rose-hips (except for the ants), and this year I decided to add some apple to the jelly (mostly because I had very few rose hips and some apples in my kitchen about to go [...]
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Greengage and Tomato chutney

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In my last post I wrote about making Blackberry and Apple Chutney, and in the post before I wrote about making Blackberry Jam with Bella all on the same day my parents were over. Well I also made some Greengage and Tomato chutney (recipe below). I froze the Greengages I gathered last month, and so [...]
This machine will core, peel and make an apple into a spiral, I picked it up this year at the Great Missenden Food Festival, brilliant

Blackberry and Apple Chutney

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In my last post I wrote about how Bella and I made Blackberry Jam. On the same day my parents were over, and they took Bella for a few hours whilst I made this (not a child friendly recipe as pretty complex); Blackberry and Apple Chutney! This is based on the contents of the River Cottage Preserves [...]
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Easy Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Blackberry Jam

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In late September I did a little foraging with Bella, sadly nowhere near as much as I’d hoped to do, but at least this year we got many more blackberry’s, and there is always next year! The towering mountain of food in the image to the right is the massive bounty that Bella and I have reaped this [...]
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Shrooms…..

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Back on the 21st of October I went on a half day Beginners Mushroom walk right on my door step with the local Ranger service, for only £2 a head! So am I now a mushroom expert able to go out and forage for tasty treats? Erm no, what I do have though is a much greater appreciation for mushrooms and [...]
The best thing of all - Bella having a great time!

Foraging

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The last week or so has been really good for foraging, we have discovered that the blackberry patch which was cleared is right next to another that was covered in ripe fruit (and accessed by only having to go right around the back car park of a local industrial estate), and even more amazing was [...]
Bella doing art by the fire

Blackberries (again)!!

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Last year I lamented the fact that I never took Bella out Blackberry picking (I only managed to get her out quite late in the season). This year, despite the fact I am still so busy I never update my blog (sorry) I have managed to go out with her right at the very start of the season (I base this [...]
3 jars of chutney

Chutney update

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After a little over a month I have tried the Windfall Chutney I made at the start of October, in fact we had a little chutney competition on our last trip to The Lakes, and it is a very nice, mild, fruity chutney (didn’t win, that was Gary’s one)! I only hope that I managed to remember the recipe [...]
Bella showing Holly a blackberry

Blackberries (and beech nuts)!

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Back at the start of the month I was feeling a bit of a failure having not taken Bella out blackberry picking, well as it happens last weekend we went out on a walk with some family friends (Alex and Holly – lovely flower press people), and came across a hedge (several actually) with a few good [...]
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