Monday, September 20, 2010

Elderberries and Grapes North Fife

Elderberries. Profuse this year, a shame not to harvest them as they make very good wine and jams.
A simple and useful recipe.
Gather as many fronds of elderberries as you can carry. Sit for a few hours stripping the berries from the stalks into a large bowl. Remove any unripe ones and bits of stalk.

Equal the weight with chopped de-seeded and skinned pears.

Equal the combined weight with preserving sugar or ordinary sugar and pectin.

Combine all ingredients and bring to the boil in a giant pan, simmer and stir from time to time for 10 to 15 mins.
Test by chilling a dollop on a cold plate and see if it sets.

Pour into sterilised jars when hot, screw on lids and place upside down, as they cool a vacuum is formed and the contents will be good for years.

Label the jars and disperse to friends and relatives, they will love you for ever.
We have it on toast.
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Grapes, yes they do grow outside here at Flisk. Another week or two and they will be delicious, it's not every year they come to profusion. Now it's a battle with blackbirds.

Fly Agaric, this little stand is fair coming up, every time I pass by I take a peek should any other fungi be present. Quite a few edible kinds grow under and by Birch trees.

The iconic toadstool.

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