Yes, it's that time of year again, jam making time. Of all my preserves, strawberry jam is probably the one most frequently requested and the one which I always run out of way before the next year's jam making season. I only make preserves in their particular season, indeed I see no point in buying strawberries out of season at all because they taste just, well, rubbish really. Last year's batch of strawberry jam was pretty damned amazing actually, my sister and I agreed that we preferred it even to the raspberry which is usually my staunch fave. This year's batch has a lot to live up to! Of course, it's likely only to be the first batch of many.
Golly, hulling 6.5 lbs of strawberries was not exactly fun. Surely the greeny leafy bits would be added roughage?!
Looking all soupy. The smell is heaven!
Add errm, lots of sugar (this is just one of three bags). Good idea to do this when the Munchkin is not around; don't want to be reminded of all those lectures about sugar and teeth!
Waiting for it to reach setting point, what else to do but faff about colouring in labels...
Hey presto! I look like I could be off to market! That's this year's Christmas hampers started then.
Now, am I the luckiest blogger in the world? Yesterday, this pretty parcel came through my door, from La Bella Italia no less (I do not mean the restaurant chain)! The very kind and always so complimentary Michela had popped some goodies and a charmingly amusing little note in the post for me.
It seems Michela has a very clever aunt who has crocheted me a lovely napkin holder and a little cosy cover too. I have some groovy red spotty paper napkins which will look fabby in there. Thanks so much, Michela, you are a star. Now I want to come to Venice please!
But that's not all, bloggers. Today, the ever-lovely Barbara treated me to some goodies too. I have been ever so good and waited patiently to read all this fab stuff this evening. Thanks so much, Barbara, you are indeed one of life's good people and I do enjoy our little cyber chats.
Let's go into the garden again because it's beautifully sunny and hot here today. That can only mean one thing? The raspberries must be ripening?
A pretty impressive haul and there are absolutely loads to come. If you have a bit of space in your garden and they don't take much, plant raspberry canes my friends, you will not be disappointed. So I wonder what jam is coming next? Not with this bowlful though, the Munchkin has already requested these after his dinner. I know they won't last long.
A while back, when I was (yet again) talking about roses, I mentioned that I had some highly scented red roses which were good for scenting jam. One lady and fellow rose-a-holic asked me for the recipe and I do hope you are still reading because this seems like the natural place to put it. Click on the photo and it should enlarge so you can read the text.
This is a cutting from a magazine some years ago (likely to be Sainsbury's mag or maybe Waitrose Food Illustrated, sorry cannot remember which). I am sure many of you out there are like me and cut out interesting recipes and keep them in a folder. I need to undertake a bit of "folder administration"!
Oh yummy, now I am feeling hungry!