Windberry and Cinnamon Jam

A week or so ago we went foraging for wind-berries that hide amongst the heather that covers the local hilltops.

An hour or two later and we had half filled our basket and headed down to the hedgerows to gather blackberries too add to our collection ready for an apple and berry crumble.

putting to kiddies to use

cobwebs in the heather

Windberries or Bilberries…

It turned out we had collected more than we thought and over a kilogram was then tucked away in the freezer ready for jam making!

Emily and I had a quiet Tuesday morning this week so we decided it was time to get messy; Emily with the paint and me with the berries.

I love making jam; it seems to be one of the only things I can “cook” without it being inedible. The berries were defrosted, apples chopped and peeled and were added together to simmer away while the sugar dissolved.

Frozen Berries defrosting over the stove

a “bowl” of summer

Emily took great delight in admiring the apple stars and helping me sort the extra raspberries from the garden; good one, eat one, bad one, eat two…

Apple stars

The smell that began to fill the kitchen was divine and reminded me of Christmas so I added a heaped tea spoon of cinnamon to the mixture.

Simmering Jam

The crucial moment arrived and the jam was boiled until it was ready to be poured into sterile jars, which, of course I did not have enough of as usual so tea cups once again came to the rescue.

The cinnamon added a subtle spice, but I added more sugar than I usually would to counteract the bitterness of the wind-berries and cooking apples, which I don’t think was necessary.

The jam was given the official Emily seal of approval as she licked the spoons clean and asked for jam sandwiches for tea!

This weekend I am hoping to find the time for my first attempt at making Rosehip syrup with the wild rosehips we gathered this afternoon.

Rosehips galore

On a woollier note, I have finally got around to adding a picture of the finished Teeswater yarn I spun and have started to spin some “autumn leaf” alpaca yarn.

On the needles I have a moss green jumper for my other half which he asked for as a birthday present in two weeks time. Gulp. The pattern he chose has a fair amount of cable work (double gulp) so I am hoping my hands will knit fast enough! Wish me luck!

Autumn Leaf; spinning alpaca

Teeswater yarn

About woodlandknitter

Who am I? A Mummy first a foremost to my two children, Toby and Emily. We took the decision to home educate the children after Toby had many problems within state education. Unable to send them to a Steiner school at present we base their education around the Waldorf ethos. This is working out wonderfully so far and we wish we had done it sooner. Secondly I am a fibre obsessive. Knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing or just generally stroking, anything goes. You can usually find us in the woods or up a hill, by the ocean's edge or climbing trees. Follow the little trail of yarn clippings and there we will be, me with some form of fibre in my bag at all times. #118 We try to live a simple, natural and holistic lifestyle, making sure that we connect to nature daily. Fairy tales and seeking out the enchanted in everyday life is a big part of our lives, as is plenty of craft and art. I am a new member of a medieval re-enactment group, the House of the Black Star and have met some amazing people through it. I have much to learn from them. In this blog I hope to inspire and share with you the things which inspire me. Feedback is always enjoyed and appreciated. Comments on my blog are always loved! I hope a little woodland magic makes you happy today! #037 Find me on facebook Ravelry Craftsy Etsy Pinterest
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3 Responses to Windberry and Cinnamon Jam

  1. What divinely colored yarns!!
    I have had similar jam making mOments and it is so rewarding! Do you ever dye yarn with berry juice? Might be good use for the ‘bad’ ones…
    In berry season I wish I lived in the northern hem.

    • woodlandknitter says:

      I was tempted to gather more windberries – they stain with a fabulous blue black colour… though I’m about to try some henna dye 😉
      Rose hip jam… oooh, bet that smelled amazing!

  2. Forgot to say I made rose hip jam once in Germany Abit tedious scraping the hips out but gorgeous jam to savour! Mmm want to invite me over for scones and fresh jam? We could talk about sPinning and children and wind in the heather…

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