Sunday afternoons are a perfect time to catch up with all the family. Whenever we can, we all meet up at my Mam’s house for a Sunday roast (it’s always better when Mam makes it) and I usually offer to bring along the dessert.
My all-time favourite dessert is meringue! Pavlova, nests, Eton Mess, I don’t care! It was one of the first recipes I learned to make as a child, stood on a chair in my Nanna’s kitchen, whisk in hand, dying to try the finished product with some fresh strawberries and pouring cream!
Anyway, for a recent Sunday afternoon dessert I decided to make a Pavlova. I don’t think you can beat a crunchy meringue with a gooey centre, combined with fresh cream and mixed berries. It is just heavenly!
As I was making the meringue from scratch I thought it would be fun to pick my own berries for it too (much better than just picking up a punnet of strawberries from the local supermarket) so on the Sunday morning (fruit picked on the day, it doesn’t get much fresher than that!) my fiancé Grant and I took a trip to Brocksbushes Farm.
We had passed this place loads of times before when Grant was going to play rugby in Corbridge and I had always wanted to visit. There is just something so satisfying about picking your own fresh fruit!
When we arrived I was instantly drawn in by their farm shop with its fresh, locally sourced fruit and veg and homemade cakes, breads and pies. Everything looked so good! We then went through to the picking fields where we were given our own basket to fill with fresh fruit.
There was a fantastic selection including strawberries, blackberries, plums and raspberries. The selection changes with the seasons so it is definitely worth visiting again throughout the year. We spent about an hour and a half just filling our basket full of yummy berries, even Grant got into it, looking for the biggest strawberries he could find, like a big kid!
I was so surprised when we went to pay for our now overflowing basket and the whole thing came to a grand total of £3! Not much to pay for a lovely morning out in the sunshine and plenty of delicious fruit. You can really tell that it has been freshly picked; the flavours were amazing! It all tasted so good piled on top of the Pavlova and fresh whipped cream, everyone went back for a second helping!