Not just any ol' blackberries.
We're talking Wild blackberries.
Lovingly and carefully hand-picked by Luca and his Papa during their Father-Son outing today.
After a quick run-around in the playground right next to the blackberry bushes (how convenient!)
...the goods from the blackberry raid were brought home to proudly show mamma.
And what does one do when one is presented with hand-picked fresh blackberries? Well, one makes Blackberry and Apple Pie of course!
I just need to add here I even made the pastry from scratch. Yes I did.
As I kneaded and rolled the pastry while the apples and blackberries simmered in a large pot on the stove I had the feeling that if I closed my eyes and shut all the windows (to block out the noise of London traffic) I could easily imagine myself being in a cute cottage kitchen cooking a home-made pie using brambly apples from our orchard and blackberries that were collected from the forest earlier that morning.
Oh. My. Word. did it taste good!! Using stem ginger in the berry and apple mixture was ingenious!
Click here for the recipe from JamieOliver.com.
Fanks Jamie yeah. You is wicked innit.