Posts on October 2012

Happy Hedgerow Harvest

On the first instalment of Bake Love. I thought we’d start with my favourite season. Autumn!

Some yummy hedgerow harvests

The frosty mornings, staying in with the heating on, fluffy socks, hot chocolate and a variety of yummy, comforting food , Happy Hedgerow Harvest……

Its about this time the apples in our small orchard are ready for picking, and although the wet summer hasn’t done wonders for the crop, its still a large hoard and will need to be used fairly quickly to stop the fruit spoiling.

I make my spiced apple chutney every year and it is always very popular as Christmas gifts or a present for any occasion.

This year however I wanted to go all out. We have so many free, wonderful hedgerow fruits that are peeking and make excellent jams, preserves, syrups, chutneys and liquers, that this year I am making Christmas hampers for friends, family and may even sell a few at special request.

New rule on selling jars goods, has been observed as, you now can only sell products to general public in new jars, not old ones recycled, which is fair enough, but I do love the charm of a hamper of mixed sized and shaped recycled jars…… but rules are rules i guess.

In my hamper I will be presenting;
Spiced Apple Chutney
Elderberry Jam
Green Tomato and Chilli preserve
Rosehip syrup
Sloe Gin (my favourite, naughty!)

And for you lovely readers I’ll be giving you the recipe for Spiced Apple chutney, Elderberry Jam and Sloe Gin.

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Bake Love Basics

Further Introductions to Bake Love.

Over the next few days, weeks and months I will be introducing you into my world.
The recipes I will be giving you will need some basic skills, techniques and methods, so here are some easy basics to get you started. I got excited by Autumn, so went all out with chutneys and jams in the first post. But back to the beginning.

I am going to start you off with a basic soup base, a basic pastry, a basic bread and a basic cake.
I will also give you a seasonal recipe to use with each of the basic recipe staples.

The first and easiest is a soup, I use a basic base then add seasonal vegetables, stocks and meat as I like. It is a great way to use up left overs and older vegetables.

Soup Base.

A basic soup base consists of onion, celery and carrots.
Sweat onions then add celery and carrots.
For lighter coloured soups such as mushroom I omit the carrots for small cubes of potato, as the carrots leave orange bits. Not a huge problem, just a little thing I like to consider.
I also add garlic to most as well as dry herbs.
Add dry herbs at the start and add fresh herbs at the end is a general rule.

For soup for about 6 people use,
x 2 onions, sliced
x 6 sticks of celery, chopped
x 4 carrots, chopped
x 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

sweat ( sweating is when you have oil in the pan and cook food slowly without browning the food)onion for 5 minutes, add garlic, carrots and celery and sweat for another 10 mins.

You are then ready to add herbs, spices and the rest of the desired ingredients for the soup flavour.

Heart warming Chicken Soup.
This warm, nutrient filled chicken soup will make you feel a million. or at least a million times better.
Full of all the goodness of vegetables and the magic chicken. I always have this or get my Mum to make it when I’m feeling run down and have the sniffles.

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