Hello! Welcome to my new website and first blog post! I’ve recently moved to Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and am starting out as a Freelance Dietitian as well as working part time working with adults and children with Type 1 Diabetes. If you’d like to know a bit more about me and what I do click here.
So, back to the blog… blackberries.
Why is there a huge picture of blackberries? Well, the above are what I picked yesterday and this little post sort of summarises what I’m all about.
Blackberries are brilliant! They are free, you can eat them fresh or cook with them and you can find them EVERYWHERE at the moment (usually in my garden because I’m hopeless at weeding). Basically they are a versatile and nutritious free ingredient. They are low in calories, fat and sugar, low GI, high in fibre and bursting with vitamin C. You can buy them but I’m not sure I would when they’re so readily available. And as a special bonus it’s really fun to find and pick them with children, I usually get my 3 year old to hold the bag as I throw them in (the berries, not the children). My family had them fresh for pudding yesterday with a bit of vanilla ice cream and as soon as I pick some more I will freeze them to make some jam. Last year’s batch went down very well as Christmas presents. So keep your eye out and pick some whenever you see them. If you don’t have time to deal with them immediately wash them in cold water and pop them in a freezer bag into the freezer for when you do have time. You can cook with them or make jam straight from frozen.
RECIPE: To make jam I usually use the same weight of sugar to fruit and squeeze a lemon into it. You then boil until when you put a blob on a plate in the freezer it wrinkles. There may be healthier recipes out there but it always work for me and it’s delicious!
So why do blackberries summarise what I’m about? Well … I love food, frugality, free stuff, cooking and having fun with my children. So they’re perfect!
TOP TIP: weigh before you freeze them and write it on the freezer bag, in that way you can use them straight away and if you’re making jam can work out the proportions of your other ingredients. Also, if you have a number of bags you can add them up easily to combine.