Wild Wales: Food from the forest

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Chapter two: In which gather fruit in the forest, make two recipes, and contemplate a move to Murmur-valley.

Our first Welsh forest adventure was to look for sloes. Sloe gin and tonic is the drink of dreams it not only tastes fantastic but looks so sophisticated – all purple and bubbles and the glint of ice. Here is the recipe we made:

Take a quantity of fat purple-black sloes – most recipes tell you to gather after the first frosts but this is unnecessary – anytime from September to October is fine (here in the UK). Wash the sloes thoroughly and prick through with a needle to release the juice. Put enough sloes in a bottle to reach one-third of the way up. For a sweet drink add four tablespoons of white sugar – we prefer a more complex taste and add two tablespoons of sugar. Next add the gin…

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