Category : food and recipes

humans vs rainforestAn issue where consumer action can have a real impact on the way things work.. Unsustainable palm oil is hidden in many products, and is directly responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of rainforest. Think happy orangutan* thoughts and avoid Easter eggs from bad people!
See here for a table listing the results of a survey on palm oil use in chocolate.

*and countless other less photogenic species, indigenous humans, general ecological damage, greenhouse gas emissions and PUPPIES**

**not puppies. Except indirectly.

fnar fnar. etc.

My stuffing was especially successful this year, even stuffing unfriendly mother wanted the recipe. I am trying to remember it and preserve it for re-use. As with most of my savoury things, it’s a little random so.. you know.. caveat coquus. Or some other latin bastardisation.

Recipe within..

I had been fancying lemon meringue pie for some time, like this..

lemon (yum!) meringue (yum!) pie (urrr.. pastry..) *repeat*

Working with the following constants, what has been deemed ‘Best Lemon Meringue Pie Ever’ and also ‘How Pie SHOULD Be’ was created.

Lemony goop is delicious
Meringue is delicious
The crispy outside of Meringue is the best bit
Pastry is a bit bum
Shortbread however, is yum!
..ginger and lemons is nice yes

A blog you say? I have one of those? I must tie a note in my finger.

Not much has happened in the wild foods section in leekworld recently, there was a brief go at rose jelly, but it was more of a strange syrup in the end – I have learned from the experience however, and will share that 1lb of wild rose petals is a completely ridiculous amount, and would take all flipping day to collect – IF you could find enough bushes!

Moving on.. an offer of access to a good big clump of (semi) wild blackthorns (plus apples and plums) has rekindled me creative juices.

Sloe gin is the first and most obvious choice, but I’m thinking a jam might be nice. I don’t want a british type jam though, all sweetness and ugh, I want a high fruit continental style jam that actually tastes nice on bread. That high fruit stuff in the tall jars you can get in supermarkets is so pappy and boring urrghh.

This recipe looks like it could be ok..

Boots the chemist will no longer sell citric acid over the counter..  So in addition to being given shifty looks, you also get turned away to pursue your sordid business elsewhere, thankyou.

Luckily for me, Lloyds Pharmacy just up the road doesn’t care if you’re a junkie or a WI member (or both, or neither..), and I was able to obtain all the ingredients and equipment for tomorrows elderflower and rose products extravaganza…