Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Foraging Paradise

Just arrived home from 13 fantastic nights away. Incredibly fluctuating weather from 33oC to thunderstorms and wind. But what did not fluctuate was the constant great foraging finds.
Gooseberries found and stewing
The foragers with the spoils - this time gooseberry
Gooseberry Jam made.

Hot scones to eat the gooseberry jam on.

Lots of plum trees laden 

Walnut trees ready to be collected in Autumn

Hazelnut trees budding

Hazelnuts in my handbag

I made this up when camping. Don't know if anyone else has a recipe the same but had to do it on the fly.

Gooseberry Jam recipe

We had 2 kg of gooseberries which I put 1 cup of water with and simmered until soft.

Then I measured out 3 cups of the gooseberries into another pot. To that I added 3 cups of sugar and then simmered for 10 minutes and put in jars that had been sterilising in boiling water.

That made a jar of jam for every family camping.

The leftover gooseberries I put 1/2 that amount of sugar with and we had a gooseberry sauce. We had that with scones and cream and the next day made gooseberry fool. Yummy yum yum.


  1. Thanks for linking in with us today! I've never tried making jam before - it's definitely on my to do list! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. making jam whilst camping is very impressive and it is such great a great foraging time of year x

  3. Gooseberries are the best! We found loads of fallen crab apples on a walk this week - so sad to see them gone to waste - we've resolved to make jelly with them next year.

  4. Ooooh, is there anything better than scones and homemade jam - yummy!

  5. YUM!!!! I want some of that jam!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


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