Two weeks ago the elderberries looking like they wanted a week of sunshine, this week most were ripe for picking! Haws and sloes, damsons and blackberries went in the bag for good measure. Hedgerow jam is on the cards, a few sloes might find their way into some vodka by the sound of it. I’ve never been a fan of sloe gin, I like mine to taste of juniper! I’ve a feeling some of the elderberry cordial might end up on the altar at harvest time, alongside the home grown wheat-bread… [little update: This all pails into insignificance with the bounty that was brought home from the farmers market – hmph!!]
We decided it was time to gather a few things from the autumn storehouse today, bag loads of haws which will (hopefully) turn into HawSin sauce (no jokes about getting our Haws out from between the Hips) We picked those as well, supposed to be a great soup flavour-er. The HawSin taster that I made to try it out was good, I can see why it would go well with Duck or Game, we could have had a dozen brace of pheasant at the same time as the fields around Llanasa where we were walking were stocked well
The Mushroom gathering didn’t go as well, plenty of choice, only on closer identification they are either poisonous or inedible varieties!! We did gather some strange jelly-like ones though which are oddly called ‘Jews ear’ they really don’t look like anyone’s ear really, and are only good for adding to soup – must try harder!!