Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup Elderberries are abundant at this time of year. They offer us up their bright shiny berries to help boost our immunity, ready for the winter months ahead. What you will need (you can easily adjust this recipe to suit different quantities of berries) Elderberries (20 heads) Water to cover I use a cinnamon stick, 6 cloves & a few star anise (use the spices & quantities you like, to suit your palette, ginger is a nice addition) Sugar (a pound per pint of liquid) or honey (you will need 1.5 x that of sugar) 1 x  Lemon ***** Remove the elderberries from their stalks either by hand or with a fork, place in a large pan. Add [...]

Autumn Fruit Leather

Autumn Fruit Leather Fruit leathers take a little time to make but are well worth the effort. Great for little ones as they only contain natural ingredients. Autumn berries are full of vitamins, flavonoids and immune boosting properties. They will last a few months if you can resist them that long. (This recipe makes about 2-3 sheets) What you will need 500g Berries – you can use elderberries, blackberries or rosehips (remove the seeds from the rosehips) 500g Apples – peeled, cored and chopped Juice of 1 lemon 150g Honey ***** You can make fruit leather using an oven on a very low setting 60-800c or in a dehydrator 40-500c. Line the baking sheets or dehydrator racks with non-stick [...]

Berry Vinegar

 Berry Vinegar During autumn mother nature offers up some of her yummiest superfoods, you will find them amongst the hedgerows, glistening like jewels in the damp mornings. Autumn berries, hips and haws help boost our wellness and vitality ready for the darker months ahead. Not only do Elderberries, Rosehips, Haws and Blackberry's boost our immunity, they strengthen body tissue, help maintain a healthy vascular system and a healthy heart. They are high in vitamins and minerals as well as containing powerful antioxidant properties. Natural, tasty, wild and free! Here's my how I make my autumn berry vinegar. It's probably one of the easiest things to do with berries apart from eat them. It's great way to extract all those [...]

Autumn Sugar Free Jam

Autumn Sugar Free Jam A lovely recipe for all those foraged jewels of goodness. There is an abundance of fruits right and this quick, easy sugar free jam is one of the tastiest I have tasted. I use elderberries & blackberries with a little apple. This berry jam is full of immune boosting properties, antioxidants and vitamin C, with the apples aiding digestion, the magical medicinal benefits of the honey and the chia seeds containing lots of OMEGA 3 and minerals. Superfood in a jar! What you will need 500g Fruit * 75g Honey * Ground Chia Seeds * lemon juice (optional) ***** Pop the fruit in a pan with the juice of a lemon and gently stew until [...]