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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!