My lovely friend Marie owns and runs a vegetarian guesthouse called ‘Over the Rainbow’ near Tanygroes, just inland from Cardigan Bay. find her here She also finds time and energy to cultivate an amazingly productive garden – so productive that each week in summer she has a stall at the award winning St Dogmaels market. And each year she very generously gives me applesWhen they arrive I delve into the freezer and retrieve other fruits I have collected and stored to make jellies but which need apples to give a decent set.
This year I have made 2 types so far – bramble and elderberry.There are sloes in the freezer too and still some apples left so hopefully this weekend I will make some sloe jelly too.
There was an apple pie made to a recipe which Mrs Snail shared and I have stewed some and bottled them for the winter.
The lovely thing about using produce I have had from friends, whether Marie’s apples, eggs from Jeni’s ducks or lamb from the flocks of Jeni or Phil and Michelle, is that every time I eat some of the results I think of the people who provided them. It is so much more special and personal than eating food bought in a shop!