Home from Denmark and the first job is to get outside with the colander and the litter grabbing stick to pick three pounds of fat juicy blackberries from next door's hedge (next door is flats which are half-empty so I count it an extension of our 'estate'...) As you all know I love to forage for freebies in our neighbourhood and these are a full week earlier than last year which is a nice treat. There look to be plenty more to come, too.
This is my go-to book for jams and pickles of all kinds. It was published in 1944 so is full of brilliant austerity recipes for things like marrow jam.
Unfortunately no credit is given to the artist of the delightful little illustrations, which is a shame. They are gorgeous. Here's a lovely jammy lady with a pinny to die for.
Alice Crang herself, mind you, is a different kettle of fish... (if any were available, she'd probably have it pickled and shoved firmly in a screw-top jar before you could wink) ... I wish I could claim to have looked this efficient during my jamming session, but in all honesty I think I prefer Mrs Pinny as a kitchen role model, anyway.
Come back soon to see some lovely photos of Denmark - the land of good taste. Just as soon as I've cropped and twiddled and uploaded...