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September 30, 2008

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I've been good and already made my jam. I've also made some with apples and a bilberry conserve (I called it conserve 'cos it's a little bit runny!). Then I made some hedgerow jam with plums, apples, elderberries, blackberries and yummy hazlenuts in-crunchy toast for brekkie. :-)

Gill - your hedgerow jam sounds terrific! I'd love to know the recipe (unless it's a closely-guarded family secret - in which case don't worry!). I made my first ever bramble jelly this autumn, and loved the feel of making something from berries I'd harvested myself. Any other happy autumn ideas would be greatly appreciated - I've just become single for the first time in nearly 2 years and am feeling a little blue! thanks x

A few weeks age we made Crab apple jelly and it is great on toast, sadly too great cause Ad's dad polished it off!!!

I was wondering if you can eat elderberries - have made the elderflower cordial before, but wasn't sure about the berries. Don't they make a good wine too?

Hi Emily and Sharon

Yes, elderberries are fine to eat, just a little tart. They're lovely in a pie or a crumble with apples. Yum.

Don't worry Emily, the hedgerow jam's not a secret ;) The following recipe makes approx 81b jam and it's lovely! Here it is;

1lb each of elderberries stripped from stalks, crab apples (or cookers) cored and sliced, blackberries and wild plums (or damsons, or plum from the garden!). 3 pints water, 5lb sugar, 8oz hazlenuts and 4oz walnuts, both coarsely chopped.

Put all the fruit in a preserving pan with the water and simmer for 15 mins. Meanwhile, warm the sugar (helps it dissolve quicker) then add a bit at a time, stirring obver a moderate heat till dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly, the after 5 mins, add the the nuts and continue boiling, stirring occasionally, for about 10 mins or until setting point is reached. Skim if necessary then pot in warmed jars and cover. Seal while still hot. If it doesn't set, you may need pectin. If you have none to hand, the jam will be ok to reboil once you have it. Just make sure you keep it covered till you get your pectin and finish asap! Enjoy!

Can you believe this? I made blackberry jam and it was really stupid because it went SOLID and I BENT THE SPOON getting it out!!!!!!!!!!!

thank you so much Gill!!! x

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