August 29, 2014

grow, forage, cook :: the August roundup

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Late summer is such a wonderful time for growing, foraging and cooking. My kitchen is brimming with fabulous produce and the only limit to my baking, preserving and bottling endeavours is my lack of time! Of all the delights that this season has to offer, it’s blackberries which are my favourites, and there seem to have been a particularly plump and juicy crop of them this year. As a child, we picked blackberries every summer, and now I do the same with my own children, returning from our rambles carrying a groaning basket, with bruise coloured fingers and purple-stained mouths.

I’ve made my annual batch of Bramble Jelly (I use the River Cottage Hedgerow Jelly recipe).  It is disappearing fast and I shall have to make some more as I’m hankering after a batch of Bramble Jam Tarts. Another blackberry recipe that I make each year is Nigella’s easy Blackberry Galette, and last year I discovered the delicious Blackberry and Brown Sugar Fingers recipe in the Yeo Valley Farmhouse Cookbook. The boys love a classic Blackberry Crumble with custard, and finally, if there are any berries left, I either freeze them, or add them to some vodka – Sabrina has a great Blackberry Vodka recipe over on her blog.

Since we launched #growforagecook earlier in the month, Sabrina and I been so delighted to see so many of you joining in using the #growforagecook hashtag, whether on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. You’ve been whipping up some amazing looking treats, and making use of seasonal produce in all kinds of creative ways! Below is a selection of some of our favourites from over on Instagram.

august Top row: @littlegreenshed, @aquietcorner, @coldatnight

 Middle row: @manneskjur, @katgoldin, @craftsonsea

Bottom row: @katgoldin, @thelinencloud, @cariemay

There are some lovely blog posts out there too: we loved Karen’s tasty toffee apples, Sarah’s blackberry crumble cake and Laura’s prolific bramble patch. If you missed our plum recipes, you can also find my Plum Tray Bake here and Sabrina’s Spicy Plum Chutney here.

September is a plum month (sorry, sorry!) for foraging: the hedgerows offering up sloes, rosehips, haws, elderberries and crabapples to name but a few, and I shall certainly be out and about with my basket. I’m also anticipating damsons from my mother-in-law’s tree, windfall apples, and, in our veg box from the local farm, fennel, swiss chard and sweetcorn.

What do you love to bring in to your kitchen in September? Please do continue to share your own pictures, recipes or blog posts using the #growforagecook hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, or in the comments of this post. We can’t wait to see what deliciousness you’ve been producing!

15 thoughts on “grow, forage, cook :: the August roundup

  1. CJ

    I’m really enjoying seeing what everyone has been growing and cooking, it’s a wonderful series. We’ve been picking blackberries too, down at the allotment, although they are wild ones from the hedgerow – no need to do anything to them, which is a bonus. CJ xx

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  2. Karen

    Thank you so much for mentioning me, I love this series so much and am looking forward to seeing what September brings – damsons for sure!

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  3. Zoe

    I love heading out to forage for blackberries, across the fields and down the lanes. Thankfully I am lucky to have a good crop at the end of the garden too. Last weekend I also picked some of the elderberries from the garden and added them to a delicous blackberry crumble.
    Happy foraging,
    Zoe
    x

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  4. Phillipa

    ooh I love this! what wonderful recipes – I’m very keen to try the tarts. we made the most delicious blackberry cobbler using blackberries my daughter picked from a river walk a few weeks ago (unseasonably early berries). The recipe was recommended by courtney babyccino and it’s from the Alice Bay cookbook she also recommends. I’ve got this cook book and it’s a lovely read, snippets of life in the Skagit islands in Washington state. I blogged about it here and highly highly recommend making cobblers – super easy – I think peach is traditional but I’m def planning to try with some other fruits too. http://minieats.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/blackberry-cobbler-and-a-summer-bucket-list/

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  5. Sarah

    Thanks Laura – I love the whole foraging (and cooking) experience and have already picked up lots of lovely ideas from here, not to mention discovering some new blogs to visit.
    Looking forward to getting out there and snipping some elderberries next!
    Sarah.

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  7. sonja

    Life in the southern hemisphere envies the full harvest baskets of the northern lives:-) – but today we enjoyed preserved plum mostarda…a lovely Tessa Kiros recipe. Spring is winking around a dry and windy end of August corner.

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