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Should I prick Sloes, should I pick sloes after the first frost? - How to make the perfect sloe gin

Should I prick Sloes, should I pick sloes after the first frost? – How to make the perfect sloe gin

August 21st, 2014

When shall I pick sloes? Do I need to prick sloes? - How to make perfect Sloe Gin You don't need to wait until the first frost to pick your sloes nor do you need to prick them. I'm sorry if you are of the thousands of people who, every year, will do both and I'm really sorry if you have been doing both for years. But please stop, you'll save yourself so much time. There[Read More]

Elderberry Black and Black

Elderberry Black and Black

August 17th, 2014

Elderberry Black and Black There are many cocktails made using Guinness one of the nicest being Black and Black which is made simply by adding a shot of blackcurrant cordial into a pint of Guinness. As originally the Guinness brewery brewed a porter and not a stout I like to make my variation of Black and Black, an Elderberry Black and Black using a porter instead of Guiness and some elderberry liqueur instead of blackcurrant cordial. One of [Read More]

Homemade bitter lemon and lime - a very easy recipe

Homemade bitter lemon and lime – a very easy recipe

July 31st, 2014

Homemade bitter lemon and lime Most student will experiment with drugs at University, I went as a mature student and had gone way beyond that point, instead experimenting with gin (and wearing chaps). I'd mix gin with everything and after sometime my favourite tipple became gin and bitter lemon. Had I known how to make the below, I'm not sure I'd ever have experimented any further. How to make bitter lemon and lime Homemade bitter lemon and lime[Read More]

Wild Blackberry Wine

Wild Blackberry Wine

July 23rd, 2014

Many older foraging books, and my childhood memories of the 1980's, insist that blackberries are an autumnal fruit rarely seen before the end of August. These days if you wait until autumn to pick blackberries you will be disappointed. The changing climate now means an early August harvest. For most, the blackberry is the first (and often only) food that will be foraged. It is my hope that it will become as popular to ferment as[Read More]

Homestart Bristol - The Charity I support and Why

Homestart Bristol – The Charity I support and Why

July 7th, 2014

When I became a father I felt very privileged, not just because my son seemed so perfect nor because he had two of everything he should have two of. It was because I found myself in the enviable position of being able to take the year off, as did his Mum. My finances took a massive hit and I guess my career did a bit too, but the time was magical and if possible I'd[Read More]

Wild Festival cocktails

Wild Festival cocktails

July 1st, 2014

As I write midsummer has just passed and that means one thing, we are right in the middle of festival season, wild festival cocktail season! Dolly might have wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and for some that signals the end of festival season. Don't be that person, there are still many more festival weekends to go. And if like myself, you are slowly becoming an old fart then you might just want to sit at home[Read More]

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