My mother has been making Lady Ashburnham pickles for as long as I can remember. We would eat them with roast beef, turkey, chicken, or ham dinners. After I moved out, Lady Ashburnham pickles became a standard part of my mother’s regular “care package”. It still brings a smile to my face when I think of how something so seemingly simple meant so much to me.
Eventually my mother suggested that I learn how to make this delicious pickle dish myself. “It’s not very difficult”, she told me. I remember the satisfaction of finally bottling my first batch! It’s was a little more time consuming than I’m used to, but certainly not difficult at all. Since then, I’ve started to give them away at Christmas. They make a wonderful addition to any Christmas gift basket, especially when bottled in with the holiday lids.
Now I have children of my own, and Lady Ashburnham pickles have become a family favourite for the next generation. My daughter still refers to them as “Nana’s pickles”, even though she has watched me make them. I don’t mind. My mother is the inspiration behind every bottle I make.