Fruit

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

Sugar on Trial – villain or useful ingredient? Plus – two, low-sugar, summer fruit recipes.

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We love a food villain don’t we? Something that we can point a finger at and blame for our personal or national health-ills and expanding waistlines. Its easier to blame an individual, like fat, rather than a generic group, like ‘refined foods’, and so now, from this ‘group’, sugar has been singled out and put in the dock for sentencing and general humiliation.

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Virgin G&T Lemon Drizzle Cake with Syllabub.

Lemon Drizzle Cake with a Gin and Tonic

Virgin G&T Lemon Drizzle Cake

 

Its summer, the season for open air events, boating trips, dressing up, and enjoying a picnic with friends.  Recipes for the seemingly de rigueur lemon G&T drizzle cake, well it is delicious, grace every self respecting summer food article and magazine. However, as a non-imbiber let me assure you that there is nothing more irritating than being offered boozy desserts, so as a follow-on from my last post, Free Spirit – The Shift to a No-Alcohol Cool, I figured a recipe for a booze-free lemon G&T cake was in order. Continue reading

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