Went scrumping today and got a successful haul. About 50 bright ruby red rosehips and a little over a kilo of blackberries. With Autumn well on it's way and the hedgerows bursting with fruit, now is the ideal time to start filling the kitchen with delicious things.
Some recipes from me, that follow on well when done together:
Candied Rosehips A very attractive treat. The rosehips look like sparkling ruby jewels when finished, and are a great source of vitamin C for every 1 cup of rosehips include; 2/3 cup sugar 3tbsp water
Top and tail the rosehips. If you own a cherry pip/olive pip remover, press through the rosehip top-bottom to remove the seeds, then use the tip of a knife to remove any that remain. If now, cut the rosehips in half and scrape out seeds using a knife tip. Dissolve the sugar in the water in a clean, dry pan. Once hot, add the rosehips (don't do more than 2 cupfulls at a time) and toss in the syrup using a fork. Roll out a length of greaseproof paperand sprinkle with granulated sugar evenly. Once the rosehips have been cooking for about 10 minutes and are soft, remove individually using a pair of forks and lay on the greaseproof paper. Once all are removed, toss them individually in the sugar. sprinkle over with more sugar and ensure even coverage. Lay out on a second, clean sheet of greaseproof to dry. Store in jars. Look great layered in a jar with candied orange or lemon peel and candied angelica.
Hedgerow Jam I've included only the fruit I had to hand, but if your scrumping yields other berries such as rowan, bilberry, raspberry, blueberry, elderberry or others, feel free to add them as you like. 1 kilo blackberries or other hedgerow berries 4 whole rosehips the leftver rosehip-infused sugar syrup remaining from the previous recipe 2 more cups sugar 2 whole star anise 1 whole, natural licqourice stem 3 tbsp dried orange peel 3 cups water
Add water and sugar to the sugar syrup whilst still on the hob. Pour in the hedgerow fruits, prepared as needed for the fruits in question. Toss in the whole rosehips. Cook on a high heat for 10 minutes, or until starting to form a foam on top. Add the orange peel, licqourice and star anise, and continue to cook until the syrup has reduced and thickened. Strain through a fine jam mesh or a clean pair of tights, into clean screw-top jars.
Homemade butter Easiest recipe in the history of easy recipes one carton whipping cream 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
Pour cream into a screw top jar that is at least double the capacity of the cream, and screw lid on tightly. Shake jar vigorously in both hands, up and down, side to side, back and forth. Over time the cream will whip up and seem to fill the jar. Keep shaking. The cream will begin to loosen and congeal. Keep shaking. The cream will solidify into a lump of butter sitting in buttermilk. Sit a jam mesh or pair of tights over a clean bowl or jug. Pour the contents of the jar into the mesh; the buttermilk will pour into the jug, leaving the butter in the mesh. Take the butter in your hands over the mesh and squeeze it, working any remaining buttermilk out of the butter. Add the salt now if desired. Form into patties or tubes and wrap in greaseproof paper.
Use the leftover buttermilk to make fresh bread. Serve bread, butter and jam together if desired, for a tasty treat.
I know there are a lot of steampunk fans on here, and it seems a real shame no one has done a Dr Steel swap yet! I can't host myself, but if someone else is willing to I would LOVE to create Dr Steel toys, propaganda, art or uniform accessories for the cause! Anyone interested?
For those of you who don't know, Dr Phineas Waldorf Steel is a mad scientist, visionary, musician, genius and inventor who will one day become emperor of the world, and who spreads his message through propaganda videos, art and music. He is very cool, and encourages his army of toy solders to share his work through the internet and other means, creating their own custom uniforms and videos to feature his music.
Hmmm... how well would that work on naturally light blonde hair do you think? My hair tends to react weirdly to hair treatments; I tried lightening it a tad more once and within 5 min it was almost translucent!
I was thinking... might a covering of red henna for hair fix up my problems and get me closer to the colour I wanted?
*EDIT* Also, damn, I just realised I look like a child in those pics. I thought blonde hair was supposed to give the illusion of youth, not the other way around!