Everybody wants to make strawberry jam and it is usually the first jam that they make when starting out. This is a shame because it is quite difficult to achieve a set and then disappointment can set in with the result that budding jam-makers are quite likely to give up before they've got going.
Elderflowers start to show their heads in April and then it's time for all of those uniquely wonderful things we can make from the fragrant flowers - like Elderflower Champagne for instance. There is also a recipe for Elderflower Cordial on our website, which is equally delicious.
Excellent! Elderflowers - the first free harvest of the year - it really is the beginning of the season proper. Now that the weather is warming up (!) the hedgerows are bursting with blossoms and the elderflowers will soon be at their best. We have a recipe for the incomparable cordial that can be produced at almost no cost - and how often can you say that these days?
Elderflower Vinegar is so easy to make and what great results. It makes a delicious salad dressing mixed with a light oil, or try it as a drink - use like cordial diluted with sparkling, iced mineral water.
We have a long tradition of growing Cherries in Britain - think - the beautiful Cherry orchards of Kent shown to perfection in 'The Darling Buds of May'. July 16th 2011 is National Cherry Day, so pay homage to this most glorious fruit by trying our top recipe ideas.
January and February is the season for Marmalade Making. It's hard to beat the heady citrus smells - it is quite intense as the Seville oranges are only around for a short time. That urgency to get it made before the fruit finishes is part of the appeal. The pleasure it gives throughout the year is worth the effort and once you have made it you will never want to eat shop-bought again!
It's a funny time in the preserving calendar - marmalade done and dusted, preserving juices are flowing and . . . . no fresh crops! So, why not try Wholegrain Mustard with Beer - take a look - It is so easy to do and your nearest and dearest will be sooooo impressed. If you run a B&B or small hotel, what could be better than a little mustard jar business card? Let us know how you get on.
If you like making your own mincemeat but are currently wrestling with a mountain of plums try this recipe from Pam Corbin's River cottage Preserves Book - she has said I can share it with you! It's for a plumcious, plummy Plum Mincemeat
Do you remember where you got your elderflowers from? Get back to those trees and pick all the elderberries to make this Spiced Elderberry Jelly. Then store in the cupboard until Christmas and serve it with your turkey!
Seated in the ancient paved Italian courtyard, heated by the summer sunshine, shaded by the branches of the lemon tree, relaxed and deep in your own thoughts . . . well, not quite, but this beautiful Lemon liqueur is easy to make, impressive to serve, and makes a great gift. Try it and see.
Sweet Chilli Jam - a vibrant colour and hot, sweet flavour perfect with sausages or the summer barbeques to come. It has been a real hit on our 'Some Like it Hot' courses, so by popular demand here's the recipe
OK - you've twisted my arm - here is my secret recipe for my delicious Vinaigrette. Quick and simple to make, it stores well for weeks and will just need a good shake to be good to go. Great on salads of course, try on warm new potatoes for a delicious alternative to butter.