I’m delving into the classics now. Over the last weekend, the weather had turned lovely again and we had a wave of guests. There were a lot of mouths to feed and a desire from us to showcase GYO. When it comes to desserts it’s easy; one’s thoughts turn to summer puddings and fruit fools.
This is when soft fruit comes into its own, red and black currants; raspberries and gooseberries. Delia provided the summer pudding fruit ratios, (though I found the 7 slices not enough to line my bowl), Nigel Slater, the gooseberry fool recipe, (no pictures of the puddings, sadly, as I was too busy).
Of course, this was the point at which I realised that there is a bit of a gap in our red berry category. Yes, we’re good on redcurrants, plenty there, however our strawberries had finished by the first week of July and our autumn raspberries have just started to set fruit. We’ve not grown summer fruiting raspberries for a number of years, as I always found them to be a bit disappointing. Sadly, we didn’t have any cherries as we hadn’t got round to netting. The birds have feasted well.
I had to nip to the shop for raspberries.
To avoid this in future summers, I’ve been investigating late season strawberries, fruit that will crop into late July and perhaps even August. Some of the newer varieties seem to fit the bill. I’ve plumped on Florence from East Malling, (always good to see that this emminent research station is still producing the goods), so I’ll place an order for 50 runners this autumn.
I did an amble along the field boundaries; the shelter belt is bulking up nicely and the brambles in the hedgerow are full of insects.