Me Made Marmalade

Marmalade! Its been a bit of a love/hate relationship. I love making it but don’t really like eating it too much. Which is odd really since I like drinking gin and the bitterness of the marmalade always reminds me of gin! But give me some thinly sliced brown bread, toasted & slathered with butter (not margarine),…

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Experimental Day

Reluctant to throw away some over ripe nectarines I’ve had hanging round, I skinned & chopped the fruit & popped in some of the few blueberries my small plant struggled to produce. Slightly less than equivalent amount of sugar was added ( the nectarines were very sweet) & I cooked the jam as per the…

Jam Tart Recipe Books

So many books, so little time!

Erm…4am is far too early to be awake but what can you do? Over excitement about last night’s allotment society meet??? Guess not! Anyhoo fab opportunity to surround myself with recipe books & have an uninterrupted hour or so looking for inspiration for Sunday’s FM at Market Drayton. My shed is aromatic with the gorgeous…

Allgold & Giant Greens

What a treat! I found these in a local garden centre last week. Golden raspberries! Who knew? Apparently they taste even yummier than their red sisters & as an autumn fruiting crop they should provide me with an alternative source of fresh fruit late in the jam season. I’m quite excited about the prospect of…

gooseberry elderflower jam

Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam

Elderflowers from the hedgerow Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam Quick! While you still can! This has got to be the easiest & most delicious jam you can make at this time of year! Small un-ripened gooseberries are great for this jam, they’re full of pectin & really tart. Using the small ones also thins out your…