Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Make the most of the harvest in the hedgerows!

We’re right in the middle of bumper crops of fruit and vegetables from the garden and hedgerows, and plentiful summer fruits going cheaper in the market. So here’s a chance to get out Grandma’s recipes from Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking for some homemade treats to save for the winter months! Grandma’s expertise wasn’t just limited to baking cakes and puddings; she regularly made jams, chutneys and various cordials and syrups to make the most of what was available.  Her approach to food was influenced by many things during her long life : cost, rationing, access to locally produced food including from her garden and avidly collecting and sharing recipes from family and friends as well as  magazines and newspapers.

Elderflowers have now turned to luscious fruits and I’ve been picking them to make Grandma’s Elderberry Syrup. You can find the recipe on page 126 of Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking . It’s so simple to make and a brilliant remedy for coughs and colds as well as a lovely warm drink at any time.
We’ve been out blackberrying too so we’ll be enjoying Blackberry and Apple pie made with Grandma’s prizewinning mouthwatering shortcrust pastry!
Happy harvest! Have you got any good recipes to make the most of these gluts of fruit and vegetables? 

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