Sunday, 9 December 2007

Seasonal Delights From The Hedgerow

The post brought a lovely surprise last week ~ our first Christmas card of the year with this lovely view of the medieval city of York; portraying York Minster and the City Walls ~


~ and a box of delights: Sloe Gin Truffles. Sloes are the fruit of the blackthorn, which is commonly found in English hedgerows. It grows in woods and along field verges. Sloes ripen from mid-September until late October and they have traditionally been used to make sloe gin. The clever people at Sloe Motion came up with an idea to use the sloes after they had been soaked in gin ~ coat them in Belgian chocolate and turn them into Sloe Gin Truffles!


I first discovered the delights of these fruits of the hedgerow when we had a most memorable meal at the Blacksmith's Inn; a cosy country pub in North Yorkshire. It was a cold December night, a couple of days before Christmas and we were returning from another British tradition ~ the pantomime at the York Theatre Royal. We were served these truffles after dinner and as neither of us could face eating them after dessert; I put them in my purse and forgot about them. Little did I realize at the time, quite how delicious they would prove to be.

My friend Janet visited this summer and offered to bring anything I wanted ~ I asked for these; only to discover that they are seasonal and were sold out. Janet remembered my request and found these at Culpeper in York ~ I don't think that she reads this blog, but thanks Janet and I promise to let you know how good they are!!!