Recently I went on a walk in the Surrey countryside with Peter and a couple of friends. We went to Box Hill, which is a beautiful area to walk, and I was thrilled to see that every blackberry bush we passed (and we passed a lot!) was heaving with ripe blackberries! We picked loads and ate them straight off the bush, and we also filled a bag with them to take home. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to be creative with them, so just ate them each morning with breakfast. But this week I’ll be heading over to the south bank of the Thames near my office in Hammersmith, ready to fill up a tupperware box with these tasty little jewels. I’m deciding what to make with them – these are my five options – which do you think I should make?
- Tasty blackberry jam to preserve it in the fridge for weeks
- Blackberry and apple pie (my parents have a glut of cooking apples at the minute, so I’m definitely baking an apple pie soon,but should I use my blackberries for this, too?)
- Blackberry muffins (perfect self-contained breaksfasts
- Blackberry swirl pound cake (man, I love Martha Stewart, this sounds amazing)
- Blackberry and vanilla vodka (After the success of our sloe gin, this is very tempting!)
So difficult to decide! I just hope other foragers haven’t already stripped the bushes dry…