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Wild Berries & other exciting stuff!
Tue 24-Aug-10
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think so!  some books suggest acorn flour??

anyway I'll see!

Tue 24-Aug-10
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Look forward to your results as we have quite a few oak trees, not sure what the acorn crop is like this year but we have loads of oak seedlings anyway. Might have to sell some little oak trees.cheers

Tue 24-Aug-10
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shelley said:

think so!  some books suggest acorn flour??

anyway I'll see!


 

Found this site, Shelley, but it looks like the acorns have to be leached of their tannins first, which may prove to be just too much work!!!!  eeek

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Wed 25-Aug-10
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phew looks complicated and for recipes that are probably fine without the addition of the flour!!

Wed 25-Aug-10
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That's true, too !!!!

I suppose if you are lost in an oak wood and with nothing to eat (just surmising, like) I think it would be useful to know. But there again ........ perhaps not !big_laugh   big_laugh

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photos of the myriad things we found on a walk/forage by the Ariege river today; not included were the wild figs which beth polished off en route!

 

 

 

Sun 12-Sep-10
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Shelley,

HFW has some recipes for medlars:

Medlar Jelly

and here:

Medlar & Apple chutney

and also a lamb curry using the medlar chutney!

and on the historic food site:

Medlar cheese

 

Just some ideas!

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Shelley, what do you make with the hawthorn berries?

We have some bushes teeming with the little red berries on the riverbank in front of our house.

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I use them in a variety of ways; the best as far as I am concerned is the HFW river cottage preserves book hawthorn ketchup, closely followed by the same book's hawthorn brandy!  I also made some hawthorn jelly.  It has a lovely fruity taste .

 

The cheeses are very similar to fruit jellies really; I thought I would actually follow a recipe from a french wild harvest book; a form of pudding. as I have so few! Thank you for the recipes thosmilesmile

Tue 14-Sep-10
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shelley said:

I use them in a variety of ways; the best as far as I am concerned is the HFW river cottage preserves book hawthorn ketchup, closely followed by the same book's hawthorn brandy!


 Ooh - tell me more. Especially about the brandy. Taevreso.

Wed 15-Sep-10
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hi there

 

he recipe for the brandy is in the drinks section of the forum, on the second page.

 

Did you want the other recipe??

Wed 15-Sep-10
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Hawthorn jelly recipe, please, Shelley.

What's the ketchup like, flavour-wise?

 

Picked some elderberries today, to make the cordial (thanks TA; & Rae Mond for reminding me about it!) I finished de-stalking them this evening, so I'll be making that tomorrow.

Also, four very large margarine containers full of blackberries. Blackberry pie first, and if any over (!), maybe some jelly, too. Looking forward to the pie already ! wink

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Thu 16-Sep-10
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The jelly is as follows;

 

1kg haws

1kg crab/cooking apples

~ 900g sugar

 

cook fruit in 1.2 litres water until soft

let drip though a jelly bag overnight

measure juice and add 450g for every 600ml liquid 

bring slowly to the boil and then once sugar is dissolved boil hard until setting point is reached

 

 

the ketchup has a lovely appley fruity taste and is wonderful with pork; my kids prefer it to ketchup!

500g haws

300ml cider/white wine vinegar

170g sugar

salt and pepper to taste

 

puts haws into a pan and bring to boil with the vinegar and the same amount of water

cook until berries are soft

rub through a sieve or mouli

take pulp and add sugar, heating gently until it dissolves; bring to boil and then cook for 5 mins

season and pour into a bottle; will keep for 12months

 

 

Thu 16-Sep-10
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THANKS Shelley - you really are a star.

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thank you good friend!!smile

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