Author Archives for Belinda

Marmalade on Toast Ice cream.

Tasting is believing!  This uniquely flavoured ice-cream developed by Stirring Stuff for the 2019 Dalemain Marmalade Awards is completely delicious as well as unusual.  It tastes of buttered toast slathered in bitter marmalade and is at once warm and mellow and cool and tangy. The addition of browned butter gives the ice-cream a velvety smooth texture and Janes delicious two fruit marmalade (available online from the Dalemain link above) adds a delicious citrusy note. Who knew you could eat ice-cream for breakfast!

Continue reading

Sloe Time and Worth the Wait.

sloes in sieve and blackthorn branch with wild dyed cloth

Ripe Sloes and Blackthorn Branch

The Sloe is the fruit of the capricious blackthorn. As early as march bride-like veils of  white gossamer appear to billow and waft along the length of the hedgerows and field margins. An illusion created by the densley packed floral display of this early flowering  bush. The blackthorns small, delicate, lacey white flowers appear well before its leaves have even thought about getting out of bed for spring. This apparition, and the wonderful accompanying scent always stops me in my tracks, a happy acknowledgment that warmer weather and spring sunshine are on their way before too long. Continue reading

1 2 32