Plenty of strawberries at Macalla farm!

We rarely have too much strawberries. In past year, strawberries that made it to the house (most of them where eaten straight from the plant by kids and helpers) were turned into Strawberry frozen yoghurt. But this year, thanks to the diligent care of Adriana and our fantastic of helpers, we actually have a very abundant crop of strawberries.

So we’ve turned to jam making with this delicious recipe that combines strawberries with rhubarb.

Strawberry and Rhubarb jam

  • 1 kg strawberry
  • 1 Kg rhubarb stalk, chopped fine
  • 2 Kg sugar

Put the rhubarb stalks and the sugar in a pan and cook until the  rhubarb is tender. Add the strawberries, bring to the boil, and cook for a further 20 mn.  Put in sterilized jars, close immediately.

 

Rhubarb and elderflowers

We have several elders bushes on the farm, and they have just started producing their annual crop of creamy-white,  musty smelling flowers— a bit later than usual.
I love elder flowers. They have a subtle and light aroma and are traditionally used to make cordial.  We also make gallons of elderflower champagne with them, and drink it throughout the summer.
But the real treat is this recipe, which I devised a few years ago. It makes use of the rhubarb which we also have in abundance at this time of the year. This is actually a double recipe, as it makes delicious jam and then, equally delectable cordial–in one go! Read more