Blackcurrant wine is the best of the fruit wines I’m really taking advantage of this year’s berry harvest down at our local ‘Pick-Your-Own’ berry farm — it’s a joy that it’s only a five minute drive away. While I was picking strawberries for my Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam, I spotted the blackcurrant bushes absolutely laden with juicy black berries. Hanging from the branches as they do, they remind me of trusses of mini black grapes – which is a good thing because that also reminded me that they make excellent

Recipe for soft-set Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam If there’s anything more delicious than Strawberry and Rhubarb pie, it’s Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam. Strawberry jam is delicious on its own but by adding contrasting flavours, such as the tartness of rhubarb and lemon, you can add a bit of intrigue. It’s also a bonus that the lemon juice sets the jam so no additional pectin is required in this recipe. Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam makes 5-6 jars 425g Rhubarb, finely chopped 575g Strawberries, sliced 900g Sugar Juice of 1/2 Lemon Dollop of

Blueberries or Bilberries can be used for this easy muffin recipe It has been such a beautiful day on the Isle of Man today – these are the days that make the dreary days of winter well worth it! So with the sun on my back I headed off to hunt down some of the islands most delicious wild bounty – wild Bilberries. If you’ve never heard of them before, Bilberries are the smaller, and slightly tarter, cousins of blueberries. You might not find them in the supermarket but if

Sweet Homemade Fizzy Champagne Sometimes you’ll have the trickiest time finding an Elder tree and other times they’ll make an appearance just when you need them most – late spring when their clusters of flowers are blooming. Such was the case when I discovered an Elder tree while picnicking near the mountain course while watching the TT races. I picked about 15 of the creamy flower heads on the way back to the car and have already started making one of the most delicious summer beverages ever – Elderflower Champagne.

I think I counted about ten earthworms at my allotment plot last year. Though strange, I figured that with all the digging and organic material I was adding to the soil that it wouldn’t be long before worms would be spilling out of my beds. But it’s now the beginning of June and I can honestly say that I haven’t seen a single worm on my plot this year. Others noticed the absence of worms on their plots too and one member even decided to delve further into this mystery.

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