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What's in Season in September
here to see what's in
season this month and to find a Farmers' Market near you
(UK).. Lots of seasonal recipes too
How does your Kitchen Garden grow
Now that most of the hard preparation work has been done and you
should be harvesting the fruit (and veg) of your labours.
The main thing about these is to make sure the plants are
anchored firmly by bringing up the surrounding soil and firming. You
should keep an eye on this right up until you harvest them which
could be as late as December.
Continue to protect the white
curds from the elements by gently folding the leaves over the top of
Remember to keep tomatoes, peppers
and aubergines fed every week and water all plants regularly until
To aid the ripening of cordon
tomatoes, remove some of the leaves or branches which may be shielding the
tomatoes from the sun.
Oh, and you might as well clear the
plot of spent vegetation as you go. Not only saves a mammoth job in
the future but also helps protect against disease.
September 22nd - 6th October is
British Food Fortnight
Running from 22nd September
to 7th October and now in its sixth year, British Food
Fortnight is the biggest national celebration of the diverse
and delicious range of food that Britain produces. It also
happens to be Scottish Food Fortnight (1st-16th September)
Hailed by The Observer newspaper as "The fast-growing
umbrella organisation for all aspects of food is British
Food Fortnight", BFF is certainly going from strength
to strength and with the abundance of excellent foods
produced and cooked in the UK quite rightly !
Blackberries, there are just so many
superlatives to describe this fruit - plump, delicate but
richly flavoured, tangy, juicy, divine and diverse. With the
cooler months slowly approaching, now is the time to collect
blackberries for storing over the winter.
Some interesting facts
of blackberries has about 60 calories
the US during the Civil War, blackberries were used to
the past, blackberries have been used as a hair dye
Blackberries are high in antioxidant
When should you
pick your blackberries?
Harvest them in the
afternoon when the dew has evaporated and the sun is
drawing all the flavors into the little pockets of
juicy goodness. If you aren’t fortunate enough to
have blackberries growing in your backyard then look
for firm plump blackberries when purchasing at you
local market. If they are packaged in clear plastic
then check the bottom of the container to ensure
that the fruit isn’t beginning to rot and secrete
How to store your
The best way to keep
blackberries for later use is to freeze them, unless
you are going to make preserves or jam. The berries
tend to spoil very quickly if left for more than 2
Gently place the
berries on a tray, arrange them so they are not
touching each other, they should be dry so they
don’t stick to the tray; and put into the freezer.
Using this free flow method of freezing the berries
ensures that you have individual berries to use as
the decoration on your apple tarts and pies over
winter and for that special blackberry and apple
sauce with roast pork or pork loin chops.
Another way to
preserve the berries is as juice in the freezer or
as fruit leather. For fruit leather you will need to
mix the berries with apples and pears as these
fruits won’t overpower the berry flavours and will
give substance to the finished leather. This is a
healthy way for children to enjoy a chewy treat full
of fibre and nutritious food value and natural
A cocktail or two…
have been frozen in ice cubes make attractive
decorations in punch or as a garnish in your
blackberry nip cocktail for when you are sitting on
the patio on warm summer evenings. Macerate
blackberries in grand Marnier or blackberry nip for
an hour and add a bottle of sparkling wine, a
perfect tipple for a barbeque and a heavenly way to
Or why not make
your own Blackberry Liqueur!
you’ll need include:
1 lb of blackberries 2 cups of sugar 1 cup of water
3 cups of gin.
Bring the first three
ingredients slowly to the boil stirring to dissolve
Simmer about 20
minutes or until syrupy.
Strain through a
muslin cloth into a jug and add the gin.
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