March - marmalade time again! After a few days break in Seville - where we saw the streets lined with orange trees - the bitter Seville oranges for marmalade, we have now stocked up our freezers with Seville oranges. There are now farms growing the trees to supply the UK market.
One does not like to tempt providence.... BUT the continuous rain/hail/snow regime along with freezing winds seems to be over in Pembrokeshire. The snowdrops and daffodils have recovered and are standing up again!
For visitors to the shop, please telephone to check opening times. And we can open at the weekend if you can only come then - but please confirm a day and time with us.
Now that salads appear on our menus more often, remember the pickled black peppercorns from Sri Lanka - whole peppers pickled in salt. We use them on green salads, in potato salads and as a garnish on pasta. They are not for cooking with - but delicious as a last addition before serving a dish.
The Green Label jams and marmalades (made without added sugar) are made in very small quantities, but they still take a lot of cooking to get them anywhere near a jam consistency. Please remember, if you order them, that they do not have as firm a set as jams made with sugar, and they are also much darker than usual, due to the longer cooking time. We use concentrated apple juice or concentrated grape juice to sweeten them.
If there is anything that you have had from us before, that is not now on our list, please check with us. We are happy to make up new recipes and repeat old ones, as long as we can source the ingredients. All the wild plums from the trees in our woodland have been made into a chocolate filling for NomNom, our local chocolate maker.
We send packages to the States, Canada, Japan and European countries via the Post Office airmail service. They arrive between 5 and 9 working days from the posting date and the postage cost is roughly the same as the cost of the preserves. Alternatively, if you are visiting the UK, we can send packages to you on an overnight basis if you give us a date and a UK address with your order, so that you can take it home with you. The P&P charge would be a flat rate of £7.00 which we charge for UK deliveries.
Your packages come to you filled with the surplus cardboard and paper that we shred up - we have a most useful and efficient machine. For the gardeners among you, the compost heap is a good place to dispose of it.
For gifts (all in the Blue Label section) we have small straw lidded baskets, with brightly coloured shredded filling and grosgrain ribbon to tie them up:
The smaller one (15cm/5.5in diameter and height) will have 4 x 130g hexagonal jars and 4 x 70g hexagonal jars - filled with a mixture of our most popular jams, jellies, chutneys and marmalades. £16.00 each.
The larger one (18cm/7" diameter and 17cm/6.5" height) will hold 4 of the regular 340g jars - of your choice. £5.00 plus the cost of the 4 jars.
We also have some glass lidded clip-top jars (Continental version of the Kilner Jar) which hold 900g - and they make good family gifts. We have made them up with Orange Marmalade with Molasses & Rum, and with Traditional Seville Orange Marmalade (made with brown sugar).They are both popular marmalades - £11.00 per jar. We could make them up in other flavours if you know the recipient has a great favourite.
There are small gift packs - 3 x 70g miniature jars in a clear acetate package tied with coloured ribbon. We make them up with 3 marmalades, 3 jams, 3 jellies, 3 chutneys or 1 marmalade/1 jam/1chutney - all of our choice and all £4.00 per pack of 3.
When ordering gifts, please remember to tell us what date you would like it to arrive by, as well as giving us the message to be enclosed with it.
Large 900g jars and 900g parfaits are still available and can be made up in anything that you choose. Some of these jars are listed in the Blue label section - if not, please phone or email us so that we can make them for you - not all of our preserves are kept in stock in this size.
The apartment on the top two floors of the mill is now available as a holiday rental property. It has a double and a single bedroom and sleeps 3 people - plus a dog, if your pet goes on holiday with you! It has a log burning stove as well as central heating, so it is very cosy in the winter. We can supply firewood - especially after the hurricane force winds in 2014 which felled several large trees..... Bookings can be made through www.westwalesholidaycottages.co.uk.
If you've never visited Pembrokeshire before, and you take your dog on holiday with you, you will find that it's a dog friendly part of the world. Most beaches allow dogs all year and off a lead as the beaches are covered and cleaned twice a day by the tide. Many pubs in the area also allow dogs. We have 15 acres of woodland and meadow, with streams alongside - the streams that formerly powered the mill. So there are dog walks on site if you stay in the Mill flat.
We cook for hotels, restaurants and shops - if you would like the trade price list please phone, fax or email us. Mostly hotels take the 3 kilo plastic tubs but we can also make up hexagonal 50g glass miniature jars in boxes of 60. Orders are sent out on an overnight basis, and as long as there is a minimum order - 4 x 3k tubs or 48 x 340g jars - it is carriage free. Anything on the main mail order list can be made up in catering sizes.
We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you.
Wendy and team
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