Fig Jam in November

If you are very fortunate, you, or maybe a neighbour, will have a Brown Turkey Fig in the garden. We do, and we always get a fabulous crop of huge, luscious figs in July or August. Our fig tree is a sport of one which has regularly been doing the rounds in our part of…

Haute Cuisine in Covid Lockdown number two?

Ok, just wondering if we shall eat as well this time round as we did in the Spring of 2020 during the first Covid -19 lockdown in England Then I had all the family at home working in their high-powered international jobs. I was utterly exhausted having to provide three square meals a day, all…

Twinkle, twinkle little star…..Elderflower Cordial to make in May

Right now, at the end of May in South East England, is the time to go and pick a large, double handful of just opened elderflower heads, with which to make the ridiculously easy, but exquisitely delicious Elderflower Cordial. All you need are a few lemons and oranges, around a kilo of granulated sugar, and…

June brings a glut of Strawberries, and what can you do with them?

Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Ice Cream and Strawberry Compote! Just don’t freeze them, as they seriously deteriorate when frozen whole. First, my incredibly simple Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe, this will make 4 litres for all the family to enjoy over the summer, or for one great big party. No Ice Cream Maker required! Simply take 2lbs…