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Foraging in August – Blackberry picking!

Life has been getting a little bit hectic this summer with collection work, ultimate frisbee tournaments, lots of workshops and events as well as deciding to add a new member to my family. My husband and I (we got married in May!) decided it was a good time to get a puppy and Frank the Spanish Water Dog moved in around two weeks ago. He’s a fluffy bundle of joy, but I do not think we were quite prepared for just how much work is involved in entertaining, feeding and looking after a 9 week old puppy!

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To escape the madness occasionally I indulge in one of my favourite hobbies; a spot of hedgerow foraging. I have been in my new house for just over two years and this is my third summer rummaging in the bushes of Portslade. I have started to work out where the best spots are and this year the blackberry harvest has been absolutely amazing! So far I have only managed one trip, but I have high hopes for another one this week to top up my jam jars before it is too late!

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At last months workshop I tried out a new twist on my favourite desert. Over the winter I have used frozen blackberries to create a lovely boozy sauce, but in August Nigella’s famous chocolate cake got a side order of blackberry cream. I whipped cream until it formed soft peaks and then carefully blended in a jar of my home made jam. It tasted absolutely delicious and I will most certainly be doing it again for the next workshop. Our October date is now fully booked but we do still have spaces left for our December date! Come join in!

Let me know if you are doing any foraging and what you are making! I would love to hear!

Kari-Helene (and the little helper, Frank) xxx

 

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