Ah, September, always one of my favourite months of the year.
I say this not just because it is the auspicious month of my birth. (Actually, my birthday was a rather muted affair this year; the sproglet choosing the day to give me two full-on hour-long tantrums and my birthday cake not lovingly made by the hubby, but purchased from the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Not that I’m complaining, as my Mum came up for the day and was the one who bought me the cake, but the hub could do well to take a leaf from Laura’s book, who made this fantastically toothsome looking creation for her husband D’s birthday*: Ginger and pear cake.)
But, birthday ramblings aside, September is usually a month of the most wonderful weather and this year has been no exception. The Autumn light creeps in, the leaves turn, the conkers appear and I thoroughly enjoy sticking on my wellies for a walk to the park.
Of course, this is also the month with the best harvest and I have been so enjoying following our #growforagecook hashtag over on Twitter and Instagram and seeing what everyone has been up to.
My recipe book is heaving with ideas, my “to plant” list for fruit and veg next year is growing daily as I garden vicariously and I am on an ever-more-desperate search for sloes and damsons as I watch others’ gins and jams. (Anyone have any tips for places to search in South East London? Please, please leave a comment below if you know of any good spots…)
Here is a selection of some of our favourites from this month.
Top row, left to right: Anne Wheaton: The edible hedge in September and @slamseys on instagram; Gemma Garner: making rosehip syrup and @gemmagarner; Amelie and Richard: @amelie_and_richard
Middle row, left to right: Fiona Annal: @fionaannal; Hannah Frances Boulton: @hannahfrancesboulton; For Adventure @foreadventure
Bottom row, left to right: Kat Goldin: @katgoldin; Margot Barbara: @margotbarbara; Growing Spaces: Make your own sloe gin
Top row, left to right: Be Nourishd: Sloe gin (I know, two sloe gins, but I just love the stuff, and both of the photos!); Really Pretty Useful: Spiced stone fruit compote and @reallyprettyuseful; Fore Adventure: @foreadventure
Middle row, left to right: Hello Mister Magpie: @hellomistermagpie; Fiona Annal: @fionaannal; Little Green Shed: @littlegreenshed
Bottom row, left to right: Carie May @cariemay; The Linen Cloud: Plum jam and @thelinencloud; Capture by Lucy: @capturebylucy.
All wonderful, aren’t they? And enough to make you reach immediately for the spade, secateurs or mixing bowl!
Thanks so much to everyone for joining in, please do keep on using the #growforagecook hashtag on Twitter or Instagram (and tag either @wolvesinlondon and @circleofpines); or, if you’re not on either of those, do just leave us a comment linking up to posts you’ve published…
And so October approaches, I feel drawn towards winter veg and endless pickling, along with my feet up on the sofa, poring through seed catalogues to plan the veg garden of my dreams for next year… What will you be up to in the coming month?
13 thoughts on “Grow, forage, cook: September round-up”
Love this series!
Thanks Dale, lovely to hear!
This is such an inspired series. Just been following the links and now added lots of things to my list of things to forage. Thanks for the link.
Thanks so much Anne. I, too, have a huge “forage” list after looking through all the amazing photos and recipes… I seriously need to find some better spots in London, though, I am so jealous of all the country sloes!
I absolutely adored your photo of the hedgerow bounty, by the way, and thanks ever so much for joining in.
I’m on a similar quest for plums. Made a little plum jam a while back and it is just the BEST. I always make a list of what I want to grow next time at this time of year as well. The perfect time to think about it, while the year’s successes and failures are fresh in the mind. Now where can I squeeze in a plum tree..?
Oooh you could train a plum? I have a fanned one next to all my apple trees down one side of the garden. Love the plum harvest!
Such a beautiful and inspiring series. Thank you very much for the link. Glad it’s not just me that loves a seed catalogue! 🙂 Laura
Oh wow thank you for including mine, love this series xx
Brilliant. This is such a good idea and the photos are all beautiful. I am a bit rubbish at foraging as I’m always worried I’m going to accidentally poison myself. But this is inspiring, I must try harder. x
What a fabulous montage! Especially the top one. I get so frustrated this time of year when everyone is reaping a foraged harvest. I have just enough time to collect my annual blackberry haul but wish there were more days in the weekend to make the most of this time of year!
Oh wow – don’t all the photos together make you want to go out blackberrying right now!!
Yes, yes, yes!
Thanks so much for including me 🙂 All those photos are a feast for the eyes, they capture the season perfectly. x