Simple pleasures – Preserving calm and making jam!

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Orange Curd (1)

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. the SCOFFING! – the best part of course.

008The recipe – Orange Curd

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!

Go to Orange Curd recipe

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Colette Broomhead

I am a 30 something mother of 2 little boys and I live with them and my husband in Nottingham. My passions are my family and friends, my kitchen, my cookery books and all things food and drink!

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