This month we will be cooking with some lovely seasonal produce. Expect dishes and desserts with the following seasonal produce: Runner beans, Blackberries, Aubergines, Courgettes, Plums, tomatoes and garlic.
Blackberries are so under rated as a fruit. Most people make them into a pie or crumble; but what about making a spicy sauce or jelly to serve alongside cold meats or cheese? Another unusual way of using blackberries is to mix them into a salad of feta cheese, onions, spinach leaves, walnuts, cherry tomatoes and dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
We love to make what we can only describe as a crumble cake – which is a crumble base, topped with fresh blackberries then a sponge mixture with blackberries mixed in, topped with more crumble you may wish to add a little spice either vanilla or cinnamon.
Blackberry Liquor – Make a sugar syrup with 900g of sugar and 375g of water mix in a pan and heat to dissolve. Now turn off the heat and leave to cool. Pour 1 litre of vodka, the cool sugar syrup and 650g of blackberries into a large resealable container or kilner jar and leave for 3 weeks shaking every day. Strain the liquid and pour into glass bottles just in time for Christmas. Wow your friends and family with this edible present. Delicious.