The sun is shining but with the equinox last week and a chill in the air, autumn is most definately here.
It is harvest time. The leaves are starting to colour and the crab apples in the shops garden are starting to fall. Perhaps it is time to harvest some books?
We are celebrating Michaelmas with a £1 sale: all books in the shop are £1 or less until this Saturday (3rd October).
You may just want a good novel to curl up with but for me this season is about setting store for the winter. We always have plenty of cookery books to give you ideas on storing, jamming and pickling. Here are some links to get you in the mood:
Blackberry Jelly: A great way to use up hedgerow goodies- There is a nice recipe here. You can also add elderberries for a more earthy taste.
Crab apple jelly: They are everywhere and it seems a shame not to use them! Instructions here.
Rosehip syrup: Very high in vitamin C and pretty tasty! Recipe here
Elderberry wine: Makes a very dark dry wine but it’s great to use these abundant berries. Recipe here.
In terms of books, I’d really recommend looking out for Richard Mabey’s book ‘Food for Free’ to help identify hedgerow ingredients. The River Cottage Books by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall also usually have good sections on foraging and the national trust cookery boosk often have good jam recipies.