My father came to visit, so I dragged him out in the rain to help me pick berries! We picked rowan berries and sloes, both destined for a couple of nights in the freezer to simulate a frost, before being made into jellies. The crab apples will go in with the berries too, while the haws are cooking at this moment on the stove, in an attempt to make Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's 'Haw-sin sauce'. I'll let you know how it goes!
## UPDATE## I made the Haw - sin sauce and tasted it when it was newly made. I then added a lot more ground black pepper than the recipe said, and thought it would have been improved by adding a whole chilli while cooking ( and fishing it out before bottling) to give the whole thing a bit of a kick. At this stage, I was not entirely sure about it - it tasted rather bitter, and a bit harsh. Nevertheless we bottled it up and put it away. Three weeks later I opened it to try, and WOW! It has matured beautifully, and there is no trace of the bitterness - it actually tastes very fruity and almost floral. The children LOVE it, and think it tastes of raspberries. So, a definite success!