Blackberry and Apple Jelly

I saw blackberries on the allotment and thought what a pain, what do i do with these. I’d stupidly forgotten the wonderful marriage of blackberries and apples. This recipe is from River Cottage Preserves book, it works perfectly, creating a mellow fruity jelly,  so perfect on toast. Ingredients: 1kg of apples (windfalls or any apples are…

Fat Hen

I’ve been farming fat hen (Chenopodium album) for a few weeks and thought I should actually try eating the plant. Whilst having a brew in the allotment hut, i reached out for River Cottage’s Hedgerow book. It said to lightly sauté fat hen with butter and thats exactly what we did. Fat Hen really does taste…

Nasturtium Flower Vinegar

Such a pretty jar! Fill a wide-necked jar of 570ml with freshly gathered nasturtium flowers, a few seed pods, 2 chopped shallots, 8-10 peppercorns and 1/2 tsp salt. Pour over 500ml cold white wine vinegar. Leave for a month in a sunny spot, shake the jar now and then. Strain the vinegar and discard the…

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Sourdough

This has to be a foolproof recipe to a good sourdough loaf. Found via Guardian. I used a plastic proving basket to get the ring effect and added sunflower seeds at the bottom, this might need some revision as the seeds came loose from the bread easily. Made with Shipton Mill Sunflower and Wheat Flour,…

River Cottage Spring Rhubarb Relish

Toying with the idea of making more delicious Rhubarb and Honey for my breakfasts or trying something new, I decided on the later (in hope of getting one more batch of rhubarb to make a years supply of the R&H). This is by Pam Corbin and features in the Preserves Handbook. I didn’t have any…

Sloe Gin

I enjoy a tipple or two of sloe gin and thought i’d try my hand at making it. @spbail had previously found sloes in Manchester and I followed her footsteps. See Sam’s blog post at http://mightaswell.co.uk/blog/1218. Strangely, for the second weekend running, we came across a cockerel on Kings Road while waiting for the bus to Chorlton. He’s…

River Cottage Brown Bread Ice Cream

In my efforts to become a sourdough maestro, I have some rubbish bread which needs another function. Long behold a recipe in the River Cottage Bread Book for Brown Bread Ice Cream, it had merits! You can find the recipe online here. The ice cream base is vanilla custard, and the bread is ‘toasted’ with…