Recipe for Hedgerow Chutney
Adapted from a recipe found on http:/
Makes 4-5 lbs
2lb mixed hedgerow fruits – e.g Hawthorn haws, rose hips, elderberries, blackberries, rowan berries, sloes
1 pint malt vinegar
2 lbs onions chopped
2 lbs apples peeled and chopped (ideally half eating apples and half Bramleys)
4 oz sultanas
4 oz raisins
1lb Muscovado sugar
1 tsp ground cloves
1 generous pinch chilli flakes
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Place the chopped apples and onions in a bowl, cover and leave overnight.
Next, make the fruit vinegar. Remove any large stalks and leaves from the berries, rinse and dry them and put them into a large pan. Cover with the malt vinegar, heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the berries are losing their colour. Strain off the liquid and discard the fruit. You should have about a pint of deep purple fruity vinegar.
The following day put the apple and onion mixture, the fruit vinegar and all the remaining chutney ingredients into a preserving pan and boil together for about 2 hours, stirring frequently. The chutney is ready when it has reduced considerably and when you draw a wooden spoon across the surface of the chutney, a channel remains for a second or two before filling up with liquid.
Put in sterilised jars and cover or seal. The chutney is best left for a month or so to mellow before eating.
The light has changed;
middle C is tuned darker now.
And the songs of morning sound over-rehearsed. —
This is the light of autumn, not the light of spring….
The brightness of the day becomes
the brightness of the night;
the fire becomes the mirror.
My friend the earth is bitter; I think
sunlight has failed her.
Bitter or weary, it is hard to say.
Between herself and the sun,
something has ended.
She wants, now, to be left alone;
I think we must give up
turning to her for affirmation.
Above the fields,
above the roofs of the village houses,
the brilliance that made all life possible
becomes the cold stars.
Lie still and watch:
they give nothing but ask nothing.
From within the earth’s
bitter disgrace, coldness and barrenness
my friend the moon rises:
she is beautiful tonight, but when is she not beautiful?
Excerpts from October :: Louise Glück. For full poem see here. (From the collection Averno (2006)).
“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won’t find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.” Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November
Here are a few things you need to know about during the next few months.
Change is in the air: the leaves are turning, the temperature’s dropping- what better time to come along to a restorative yoga class! The next classes are on:
Thursday 29th October at All Saints Church Hall, North Baddesley 7-8.15pm
Wednesday 4th November at St George’s Hall, Harham, Salisbury 6.30-7.45pm
Classes cost £12 and involve fully supported passive stretching, breath exercises, and guided deep relaxation. Poses are usually supine or seated with lots of props (blankets, bolsters) and adjustments.
Please make payment in advance by bank transfer or cash/cheque to reserve your spot. If you are unable to make the class please give me at least 48 hours notice, any later than this then I’m afraid I’m unable to offer a refund.
Tuesdays classes in Salisbury will be moving location from 26th October to The Therapy Centre, 57 Winchester St, Salisbury SP1 1HL. There is free parking after 3pm nearby at Culver Street. If you’d like to come along to either the 6-7pm or 7.15-8.15pm class, just let me know.
Isaac Watts class
Sadly I’ll be stopping my yoga class at Isaac Watts Church on Friday evenings. As I’ve moved to Salisbury, it was getting a bit much for me to travel there each week. Last class will be Friday 23rd October. I’m looking to start a new daytime yoga class on Fridays in Salisbury, so do let me know if you’d potentially be interested in this.
Leonardo da Vinci ‘A Copse of Trees’