Discovering a hidden haven in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia

It’s no secret to anyone that I know that I love raspberries.  Sadly my little crop is coming to the end for the year. We started a couple of years ago growing one lonely little cane in a massive old bathtub with lots of well-rotted organic stuff. Well, the one cane has already become many and we are scheming more areas of the garden to devote to raspberries as the bathtub is now overflowing.

Over summer we supplement our little crop with a visit to a local organic

The last of the raspberries ripening

berry farm where we pick lots to eat and some to freeze. My favourite way to eat raspberries is fresh, but I also love this very simple raspberry cordial recipe.

Raspberry Cordial

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

300 grams fresh raspberries

You can add the juice of a couple of lemons if you like a ‘tarter’ taste

Heat the water and sugar gently until the sugar dissolves then bring to the boil. Add the raspberries and return to the boil slowly stirring and gently mashing the raspberries. Cool. Strain, gently pushing the pulp through a sieve, but not so hard as to push through the seeds too. Mix with water to taste and drink! This cordial doesn’t last long in our house, but as it has no preservatives I’d suggest only keeping it for a few days anyway.  So simple but sooooo much yummier than the stuff you buy from the supermarket!

A gratuitous rose photo - Pierre de Ronsard

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