The fields around our village boundary are full of public footpaths and are our usual hunting ground for any hedgerow bounty...
I've often made a festive wreath for our front door at Christmas time, using the foliage from our walks.
And we also collected enough material from the local fields to create the wedding flowers for my daughter's wedding two years ago.
|Of course autumn is the perfect time for enjoying the wonderful colours of the leaves, fruits and berries.|
The branches of the blackberry briar's were laden yesterday and we soon collected enough berries to make a substantial pie!
|We came across a crab apple tree...|
|But it was sad to see so much fallen fruit laying on the floor, just going to waste.|
|Then there were the sloes - Very fine crops weighted the trees and we decided we couldn't leave them there and not put them to use...|
|I've gone for the obvious and have made sloe gin and sloe vodka today.|
Very straightforward to make - I've used Jamie Oliver's recipe on-line here, as it uses much less sugar than others and by freezing the fruits over night, it saves on all the pricking of them with a needle.
After reading some of the comments to his post though, I ignored his suggestion that you shouldn't use cheap spirits! ;-))
They'll take at least 2 months to mature to a rich ruby red, perhaps in time to offer as gifts at Christmas, decanted into smaller bottles...
I have enough sloes left over to make some chutney too, so hope to tackle that later in the week - Have a good one,
(Just wanted to bookmark this post, as the recipe sounds lovely.)