Thursday, 8 October 2009

War Time Remedies

There have been a fair few coughs, colds and sniffles in the Hook and Scumble house of late. So, with this in mind Mr Hook & Scumble and I decided to take matters into our own hands and set off for a few hours of foraging .

After about a 20 minute walk in the lovely Bedfordshire Countryside we finally came across what we were searching for. Mr Hook and Scumble is fairly meticulous when it comes to foraging, and so after a few minutes cross referencing with one of our favourite guides , which is always a recommended  to ensure you have correctly identified what you are planning to pick, we made a start....


.......and picked, and picked !

Now, I'm reliably informed by Grandpa Hook & Scumble that as part of the war effort, these gorgeous autumnal treasures were also picked and you were rewarded 3d for every 1lb picked....so by our reckoning...bringing it right up to the 21st Century, we would be rewarded about 2p for our kilo !

Now back home to pick over our harvest, and consult that Wartime Receipe reliably found in here....


So after a few hours of boiling....




and straining....



and boiling and straining again.. it's time for bottling and sealing.....




And  I am hoping this will be enough to chase any sign of a sniff and a cold away !