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A Match Made in Heaven

The great plan of nature is that, while English gooseberries are ripe and ready for picking, the elderflower trees are in full blossom!

For a brief moment each summer, the gooseberry and elderflower seasons overlap.  Combined, they taste of rural England: verdant and flowery with a refreshing sweet sourness.

The flavours of the two together are superlative. A marriage made in heaven – gooseberries and elderflowers complement each other perfectly – an example of nature at its best.

For me, jellies bring out memories of childhood and tea parties. Since I love homemade jellies almost as much as homemade ice creams, I have included this delightfully sophisticated gooseberry and elderflower jelly recipe in the Cookery Studio repertoire.

This jelly can vary from a fresh green colour to a delicate champagne-pink depending on the variety of gooseberries being used. My garden variety is the red ‘Whinham’s Industry’. Enjoy!

About Diane

Diane and her husband Robert run the Cookery Studio – a new & innovative cookery school in Badlesmere, just ten minute’s drive from Faversham. They run regular classes in a variety of cuisines & techniques (one of which we tried ourselves!) with an emphasis on provenance and responsibly sourced and seasonal foods. Find out more about the Cookery Studio here.

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