When I am putting together recipes and photos for Graziher magazine I have a completely self-imposed policy of trying to keep everything as seasonal as I possibly can, preferably with produce from my garden. I will never feature tomatoes for a winter issue because for me, it just doesn’t feel natural. Due to the nature of magazine publishing this means that I am always working a full twelve months in advance. For example, right now I am putting the finishing touches on spring recipes for 2019.
For some time I have had an idea for a recipe that revolved around mulberries. All was looking very promising as I watched our unruly tree forming healthy green leaves and then tiny green berries.
And then suddenly, in the middle of the drought, on the 3rd October it rained. Of course the rain was welcome but with the rain came incredibly strong winds that knocked a lot of my mulberries to the ground. I panicked, I had plans for that fruit! I put out a call to any local friends who might have mulberries and some generous friends came to my rescue. Fast forward a few weeks and now the tree has recovered from the wind damage and is covered in dark purple fruit. Perhaps nature had a plan after all.
While I have been recipe testing I made a mulberry and almond scroll with a piece of dough left over from sourdough baking. If you are interested in trying this but perhaps sourdough isn’t your thing, you could substitute the dark chocolate for around 100 g of mulberries and a handful of flaked almonds using this recipe . At first the dough turned alarmingly purple but tasted sweet and browned up nicely once it was cooked. The almonds and some sprinkled brown sugar gave it a little crunch.
In other news, can we talk about real mail for a moment? I am sure many of you already follow the incredibly talented Naomi Bulger . My friend Jodie recently sent me a letter inspired by the work of Naomi. I cannot tell you how much this little package meant to me, complete with seeds from Jodie’s garden, thermos stickers and proper news from her world. And genuine questions about my world and words of encouragement and understanding. I have only met Jodie once in real life, but our lives are connected through several different communities and pathways. I tend to send a lot of text messages and emails and occasionally cards but real letters are a rarity. Thank you Jodie, you are a special friend. All mail should be this magical.
That is it from me. I hope you have something delicious to cook today or perhaps a pretty letter to write.
Do you have a mulberry tree?
Happy Sunday, friends x