Simple pleasures – Preserving calm and making jam!
Preserving the right to make jam? (Sorry, I’ll stop with the puns now..)
I only discovered the joys of jam making a couple of years ago. It was nearly Christmas and in my usual flurry of disorganised chaos, I managed to leave all of my present shopping until the last week. On a whim, Nick and I decided to try to avoid the hell that is shopping the week before Christmas and to give a few people something home made. We scoured various recipe books and finally decided on some chilli jam and a rather lovely looking spiced vodka.. I’m happy to report that the jam in particular went down a treat. In fact, several people have come back and asked for more! This awoke some sort of primal instinct in me and I immediately (well, over the course of a few months anyway..) went out and bought up as many jam making and preserving books as I could find (well, about four or five..) If you’ve never tried it yourself, then here are five very good reasons why you should;
Preserving: 5 reasons to jam
- the smell – seriously, it doesn’t matter whether you’re making pickle, jam, chutney or curd. It all smells goooooood! If you’re trying to sell your house, then I think it’s an almost foolproof way to beguile potential buyers.
- the stirring – if you’re not in a hurry (and why on earth would you embark on jam making if you’re about to rush off to a dentist appointment?) then there is something incredibly relaxing and therapeutic about standing over your pan and stirring as the transformation from separate ingredients to bubbling, gooey loveliness takes place.
- the smug self-satisfaction – seriously! there’s nothing like looking at the proud, finished jars in your kitchen as they silently congratulate you for being so clever.
- the saintly generosity – there is something very lovely about being able to give a friend something that you’ve made and that you know (or at least you hope) they’re going to enjoy. I love to receive home made gifts and I think most people are the same.
- the SCOFFING! – the best part of course.
So now I’ve convinced you, here’s a fab recipe to try. If you’ve seen my carrot and mint soup recipe, you’ll know that I like to be a little bit different and here, I’ve gone with orange over the normal lemon because, well, I think it’s tastier!
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