Delicious homemade foods
Full of flavour, high in quality
Over the years I have sourced my Seville Oranges from a number of places, but have found Mark (of Mark’s Greengrocers in Brandon) can find me the best quality oranges during this short 4-6 week season. Mark has now retired and Scott of Meadow Markets is now my go to for these highly sort after Oranges.
Where possible I will only use Silver Spoon Sugar, as this is both grown and made in East Anglia. They have recently started to expand their range to include more specialist sugars, which are used in my Chutneys.
All my vinegars come from Aspall’s based in Suffolk. A local business which uses it's own fruit and wine to make these fabulous clear vinegars.
During Rhubarb season (from March – June) I have sourced this amazing vegetable from my parents garden in Suffolk as well as lovely friends and contacts in Exning, Burwell & Swaffham Bulbeck. 2018 saw the first ever batch of Nikki's Own Rhubarb Jam, but it only made 6 jars!
When I can’t obtain fruit or vegetables from friends or family I try to source them from local greengrocers or growers. During late summer and early autumn I can be found parked in the hedgerows across the local area picking fruit in all varieties, from Hawthorn Berries (which make a stunning fruity ketchup) to Elderberries and Sloes. Using the best of what the English Countryside has to offer.
In recent years I have obtained my cooking apples from the Riverdale Organic Farm based at Wisbech. Edwin is the Fruit & Veg grower at Burwell Farmers Market. I am always happy to help people out if they have a glut of fruit and will even come and pick it myself.
My mid season strawberries come from Lidgate Pick Your Own Farm, in Isleham Cambridgeshire and are stunning. I will only use English Strawberries, in season, as they are the best.
I source my Raspberries from a Farm in Hertfordshire, when they have been out of stock I have bought them through a Farm in Essex, although closer, it strangely isn't easier!