In these credit crunched times we could all do with a little financial break, so here's a WM tip - get some Free Food! Grow your own, beg from family and search the hedgerows!
We have a plum tree in our garden (inherited with the house) that has just given a bumper crop and we've enjoyed plum cobblers and plum crumbles galore.
I have a rhubarb plant that my dad gave me (for free) which we can start harvesting next year. Yummy rhubarb and strawberry cobbler!
My mum and dad have a bramley apple tree and have just given me a huge box full which I have wrapped in newspaper to last the autumn. They also have some blackcurrant bushes and usually pass me a pound or two.
And finally, daughter and I have just started our annual blackberry picking trips. Just find some open land with a hedge or a fence and you'll probably find some blackberry bushes. Even as a working mum, I can pick the blackberries in the still light evenings after work.
As an aside, if any of you saw that programme on Wednesday with the Duchess of York rewriting the Geography of South Manchester (Northern Moor is not in deepest, darkest Wythenshawe, she stayed in Baguley and she drove around Altrincham!) then daughter and I went blackberry picking round the back of Northern Moor, so even quite built up suburban areas have blackberries.
Just pick a load, rinse them, dry on kitchen roll, spread out on a baking tray and freeze for a couple of hours. Transfer to freezer bags and Bob's your uncle!
Apple and blackberry pie, blackberry and raspberry crumble, Nigella's Anglo Italian Trifle, Summer Pudding ............. mmmmmmmmmm!