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Rosehip Wine

Rosehip Wine

Rose-hips from the wild rose (Rosa rugosa) have been used for centuries for food, drink and medicine. They can be found in many hedgerows, but health food stores and brewing shops also stock rose-hip shells, and you only require small quantities. Rose-hips don’t have much flesh beneath the skin, and are filled with tiny seeds […]

By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Runner Bean Table Wine

Runner Bean Table Wine

Runner beans are wonderful cooked quickly and served with butter, but there often comes a point when we need to find different ways of using them, perhaps as an ingredient in chutneys and pickles, and, of course, in a multitude of vegetarian dishes. Sylvia Kent turns a couple of pounds of runner beans into a […]

By August 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to make Your Own Gin Infusions

How to make Your Own Gin Infusions

Food historian and professional cook, Seren Hollins prepares some tempting gin infusions. Gin has a history. G&T may today seem perfectly civilised, but the idea of a ‘gin drinker’ sounds slightly seedy, and the term ‘mother’s ruin’ is still commonly used to describe this drink currently enjoying a huge and fashionable resurgence. To say gin […]

Rhubarb Wine

Rhubarb Wine

Sylvia Kent shares one of her favourite county wines: INGREDIENTS 2kg pink rhubarb stalks                                                  250g sultanas, chopped 250g bananas, peeled 1kg granulated sugar 3.5 litres cooled boiled water 5g pectic enzyme Campden tablets 5g all-purpose wine yeast 5g yeast nutrient METHOD 1           Make up a starter bottle to activate the yeast.   PRE-ACTIVATING THE YEAST […]

Making a Simple Mead

Making a Simple Mead

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for making a simple mead drink. Mead has been popular going right back to Anglo-Saxon times, particularly for special occasions. It was widely made and drunk in pre-Reformation monasteries, and it was often monks who did much to improve bee-keeping standards at the time. Mead was often served in […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Gorse Wine

How to Make Gorse Wine

Sylvia Kent shares her favourite recipe for Gorse wine: There are often many different wild flowers growing on allotments, and in fields and meadows in spring but one age-old plant that always seems to be in bloom, whatever the weather and season, is gorse (Ulex europaeus). There’s even an old country saying that goes: “When […]

By January 12, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
Making Winter Warming Wines

Making Winter Warming Wines

If you’re a wine-making virgin these recipes and instructions should give you enough confidence to make wine from just about anything. Sometimes, when you read the books about winemaking there are a number of recipes with ingredients you simply hav no idea why they are there, or how they make the wine any tastier. Other […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Pineapple Liqueur

Pineapple Liqueur

Buy the largest pineapple you can find, preferably with a golden-orange colour to ensure sweet-tasting flesh. Avoid any greenish ones with soft spots and brown leaves. INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh pineapple 2 cups vodka ½ cup sugar syrup METHOD 1              Slice the pineapple up and put it in a large jar together with the vodka. […]

By November 9, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
How to make sugar syrup for liqueurs

How to make sugar syrup for liqueurs

Sugar syrup is often called for in liqueur-making recipes. Ingredients 2 parts water 1 part sugar Method To make 1 cup of sugar syrup add 1 cup of granulated sugar to ½ cup of water. Boil them together for 5 minutes, making sure that all the sugar has dissolved.   The sugar MUST be cooled […]

By November 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Home-made Creme De Cassis

Home-made Creme De Cassis

HF Forager, David Winnard, runs foraging workshops vis his site, Discover the Wild. His recipe for home-made Crème De Cassis, like our recipe for Raspberry Gin, is so simple. You can also use it as the base for other foraged liquors – Sloe Gin, Elderberry Whisky, Damson Vodka or, for the more adventurous, even a […]

By September 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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