Lavinia has always been a big inspiration to me and it is her food which will be the highlight of Quinces
," said Tanya, who will also be stocking her own wines as well as hand-made chocolates.
The first recorded planting of quinces
in England was in 1275 when Edward I planted four specimens at the Tower of London, but they may have been grown before this.
Her mother, now 91, suggests cooking the quince
at least three hours - until the quince
pulls away from the side of the pan.
is quite a tough thing to peel and core, as the granular pear-like flesh is incredibly dense, and it's certainly not a fruit to pick from the tree and bite into, unless you're Jaws from James Bond, and I think even he'd think twice about tackling one for a second time.
Though hard and astringent raw, quinces
become sweet and succulent once cooked.
Several searches later and I'd managed to establish that the quince
is a member of the apple and pear family and comes in several varieties - none that I could see exactly resembling mine.
around stew; garnish with cilantro sprigs.
Left alone, flowering quinces
grow into tall shrubs with long arching branches.
Cook for 5mins on medium heat, until the quince
is fork tender.
Don't worry unduly if you can't find fresh quinces
, which is a distinct possibility unless you have a tree yourself, or know a sympathetic owner.
To Make Marmalade (From The Little Book of Jams, Jellies and Preserves) Take quinces
and pare then and cut of the cores: then seeth them verie tender in cleane water and straine them in canvas of viij d an ell and let them stande in the vessel wherein they be strained.
Ingredients EeEeEe 5 Quinces
EeEeEe 4 Cups Sugar EeEeEe 1 Tsp Citric Acid (or Lemon Juice) PREPARATIONS: 1- Skin the quinces
and remove the seeds.