Bonjour everyone well its been a busy couple of weeks as we welcomed our french and English family for my 50th birthday party and so this week I will introduce My best friend Katrina ( loving the toms!) as well as Evie and Charlie my niece and nephew who had LOTS of fun in JJs potager helping to pick tomatoes, green beans and aubergines to make salads and ratatouille for all the guests although everyone ate lots in the garden before it even got to the table! It was such a joy to see the children enjoying the fresh fruit and vegetables and collecting the eggs.
We picked blackberries from the garden and got a bit scratched and it was all great fun but the object was to make some blackberry vinegar syrup for winter – a great remedy for sore throats . granny Alice used to make it and it works a treat with boiling water a hot treat to sooth and heal. I have what’s left of Alice’s recipe book with all sorts of natural remedies so I would like to share some with you all over the coming months.
recipe for blackberry vinegar
1kg blackberries or raspberries
1 cup water
boil into a syrup about 20 mins the strain through a sieve
remove the pulp and then to every litre of syrup add an equal quantity of white vinegar
then bottle – ITS THAT SIMPLE!!
so when the sore throat strikes or you are full of cold put a slug of syrup in a glass and to up with boiling water and drink as hot as possible – packed full of vitamin C it will cut through your sore throat in no time and its all natural no preservatives chemicals and its GOOD FOR YOU !!!
The chucks are laying well and it was fun for the children to collect the eggs and to stroke the chicken which most children aren’t lucky enough to experience… although they were a bit nervous at first they wanted to go every day to see if there were more eggs and I had to explain that they only lay 1 each!!
one night it was getting dark and we couldn’t find Charlie so after searching the garden we found him in the potager eating green beans!!! WONDERFUL the joy of seeing him eating fresh vegetables and smiling was the biggest reward I could have … some children dont know where their food from let alone have the chance to pick and eat it straight from the plant . SO I SAY TO YOU ALL ;
EDUCATE , GROW, COOK, SHARE ….. ditch the processed food and start growing on balconies and windowsill if you havent got a garden but share with your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews so they grow up KNOWING APPRECIATING AND UNDERSTANDING how to feed their bodies and nourish their souls – till next time this is chef JJ saying
a bientot xx