Archive for tag: Seasonal Food

Crab Apple Jelly



It's that time of year again when our little crab apple tree is weighed down with it's fruit.  Our favourite thing with roast pork is Crab Apple Jelly. We had a nice joint of saddleback ready to go into the oven on Sunday for lunch so whilst it was cooking we made Crab Apple Jelly!  Admittedly we had to fast track the setting of the jelly to have it with lunch but we simply poured a bit into a ramekin and popped it in the fridge. The rest of the jelly nicely filled a selection of jars.

Our tried and tested recipe is from an old Mrs Beeton's Household Management:

Ingredients:- 4 lb. of crab apples, 4 pints of water, 6 cloves, 1 inch of ginger, 1lb. of sugar to each pint of strained liquid.

Method:- Halve the crab apples. Place them in the water, add the cloves and ginger, simmer until tender, then drain well, but do not squeeze the apples.  Replace the drained liquid in the pan, add the sugar, boil until the syrup jellies quickly when tested on a cold plate, then pour into small jars or glasses.  Cover securely with parchment, and store in a cool, dry place.

Rowan Berries

Can you spot the Rowan Berries peeking out from the fringe of this young wood? We have a Rowan (Mountain Ash, Sorbus aucuparia) on the edge of our lawn and it adds interest all year round - berries, leaf colour, flowers. It's a pretty good tree for just about any sized garden.

The berries are perfect for making your own wine or jelly. If making jelly, try adding some crab apple to help it set.



Seasonal Hotties!

We have put together a new seasonal plants category. It is not seasonal in the sense 'now is the season for planting' but more of a shortlist of what plants and trees are currently grabbing our attention and you may want them in your garden or hedgerow too. The highlights in our neighbourhood are: the falling Sweet Chestnuts, start collecting for your fireside treats and Hazelnuts or Cobnuts but you need to be quick before the squirrels get there! Rose hips in the hedgerow and the start of the bright red berries on the Hawthorn.  The leaves are just beginning to turn on the Maples and the Larch is changing colour. Oh and don't forget to pick those Crab Apples!

Click to view our Seasonal Interest page

Elderflower Season!

The Elderflower is out big time this year and we're all scouring for creative recipes to use it in. Elderflower and gooseberries appear to go hand in hand for fool, jam, sauce and sorbet, or you can go for straight-up elderflower fritters and ice-cream. There are plenty of recipes out there, no surprises Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Sarah Raven have a few but there's no beating the classic and original Elderflower Coridal. Handy tip: once it's made you can either keep it for up to a year in sterilised bottles or alternatively freeze it.


Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) - sorry about the rather bleary image, iPhone let me down!

If your garden is lacking in Elderflowers click here to purchase.