As the weather has not been that great here in the UK recently, a friend of mine and I decided to embark on something fun and cheap to do in our holidays. I’ve been trying to make the most of every opportunity I can to get outside (even when the weather isn’t so great), and make the most of my time off work for the summer. When I saw a post online about some Blackberries growing down on the nearest common to my house, I jumped at the chance to ask my friend Tamsin if she would like to come with me to pick some blackberries & bake something with them. I was completely SOLD by this thought as it’s fun to do and took us most of the day to pick, bake and enjoy our first crumble!
When I was younger, my Mum, Dad, Brother and I would head to the nearest fruit picking farm to pick strawberries, raspberries and any other fruit we could get our hands on. Since moving to London this is something I have really missed and unfortunately the nearest ‘pick-your-own’ farm is in Surrey, quite a drive from where I am now in the heart of it all. So as you may be able to tell, this is something I have been wanting to do for years! Although it wasn’t the standard grabbing a punnet and basking in the smell of a farm, this is London’s way of saying “hey! There is still fruit here to be picked, don’t let me rot!” Not going to lie, it was very difficult not to eat all of the blackberries whilst picking them but I loved the typically stained hands and foraging through the bushes to find the juiciest, biggest blackberries of the lot.
Afterwards myself and Tamsin went back to her flat where we decided to bake a blackberry and apple crumble (mmm!) It was super quick and easy to make and we didn’t need as much ingredients as we thought. We followed this simple recipe from BBC goodfood but added a few hidden spices, such as cinnamon, to make it our own. Easy!
It just goes to show – you can find things in the heart of London, even when they are hidden! If you’re looking for something to do in the summer, I would highly recommend doing this for a cheap and easy day out with your friends or family for a day of fruity fun!