It’s that time of the year when the summer season is delivering wonderful fruits and vegetables in abundance. It’s really difficult for me to choose one particular ingredient as my favourite, and as the season progresses, my favourites change.
For me, gooseberries are a quintessential British summer ingredient. I love their slightly hairy exterior and their face-pulling tart flesh. The gooseberry shrub/bush itself is fairly small and has very sharp spikes so take extra care when picking gooseberries as these spikes can do some pretty nasty damage.
Gooseberries are versatile and not only make fantastic puddings and baked goodies, they also go particularly well with rich meats and fish, such as duck, goose and mackerel. Gooseberries also make delicious curds, jams, chutneys and, believe it or not, a wonderful Gooseberry and Ginger Ale.
Once the season starts, we get a regular supply of gooseberries from our good friends Suvie and