Bottled memories

Yesterday I spent making cherry compote out of some of the cherries we bought cherry picking (the photos of the beautiful trees below) and blueberry compote as they needed to be used. I also made cherry ice cream and a delicious banana bread loaf with pecans and cranberries.

As I potted around my kitchen, I thought of the women in my life who taught me such things and who inspired me. My grandmother was always baking. She made the world’s best crunchies, the best fruit cake of which every year, she always sent one to us. She taught me a lot about baking and always let me help.

My aunt Hazel was so good at making stewed fruit, jams, preserves and her pantry was always laden with rows of rows of homemade produce. I remember sometimes during school holidays, watching her bottle things and silently taking it all in.

My aunt Evie too was always so industrious. She would send my cousin and I outside with a basket to pick apricots off the tree for jam, but most often we would end up sitting in the platform built into the tree, happily snacking away on apricots till we heard  “girls!? Where are the apricots?!”

It’s amazing how simple tasks can bring back so many memories. Memories that furnished a love for the handmade, the homemade…

I’m one for such tasks, they are slow but mindful and they have meaning because they are done from love. Not to mention so much healthier without all the preservatives and additives.

Cherry ice cream recipe coming soon!

Published by Bonnie

Hello. My name is Bonnie. Welcome to my page. I have been an avid baker for about 20 years. Of those years, seven have been gluten-free baking. I discovered I had a chronic intolerance to gluten and began experimenting with converting my all time favorite recipes into gluten-free ones. I also have developed my own recipe repertoire. I am married and have two children. My husband and son are not gluten intolerant but my daughter is. She has also been the motivation for persevering in creating recipes we both can enjoy. My journey has taught me so much and I know many others can benefit from my experience. My hope is that you will find something you can order that you have missed and longed for being gluten intolerant or celiac. Or perhaps you just want a healthier option as I also offer alternatives to some of my orders such as sugar free, grain free and low carb. I share my experience and story in more detail on my Instagram page. (@bonniesGFbakery) Please feel free to follow me there. Located in Somerset West, Western cape, South Africa. I deliver to the Helderberg basin area which includes Somerset West, Gordans Bay and Strand.

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