Alice McIlhagger was previously a Geography teacher and DOE Planner. She is now a mummy at home in a rural village running my own small business from the kitchen table and cooking on her old red AGA while the children are at school. She grows as much of the ingredients as possible in her garden. The strawberries are always the funny shaped ones from a farm a mile from home. She is part of a community gardening group and she also forages for fruit from the hedges around Portmore Lough nature reserve in the autumn.
Her business has grown from her interest in home cooking foods for her own family with ingredients that have travelled as short a distance as possible. She has jammed every autumn for many years and developed many techniques and tips to get a good set without needing to use added pectin. The jars are then all hand labelled and decorated with mostly re-used fabrics and finished with a pretty ribbon.
What They Do
Seasonal jams, savoury relishes, chutneys, jellies, curds and dessert sauces
Strawberry Jams, Marmalades, Raspberry and Plum, Mixed Summer Berries, Spiced Summer Berries, Damson Jam, Red Onion Jam with Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Roast Red Relish, Christmas Cranberry Chutney, Mulled Wine Chutney, Damson Jelly, Damson and Apple Jelly, Hedgerow Jelly with Homemade Sloe Gin, Russet Apple and Mint Jelly, Butterscotch Sauce, Sea Salted Caramel Sauce, Coffee Caramel Sauce, Malted Chocolate Sauce, Lemon Curd, Lemon and Lime Curd
Great Taste Award 2015 Gold Star Sea Salted Caramel Sauce. Shortlisted for Best Marketing Initiative Lisburn Business Awards Bronze Website Award Mumpreneur UK Two Great Taste Awards 2016 Blas Irish Food Awards Finalist 2016 Gold Winner Blas Irish Food Awards 2017
Where To Buy
Online at www.brambleberryjams.com or Facebook page. Craft fairs are listed on the website blog. Limited ranges at www.indiefude.com and at Studio Souk and Bite to Savour.