I don’t eat jam… No, it’s true, I don’t! But I love, love, LOVE making it! It all started at the farmers market in Stratford, Ontario in the spring of 2008. Well actually it started a few days before at my Aunt’s kitchen table with a jar of Judy’s bluebarb jam. Needless to say we went to see Judy at the market the following Saturday. She’s such a lovely woman and my son fell instantly in love. To be honest so did I…
We purchased a few jars of chutney, mango and rhubarb. They were nothing short of amazing, and before we went back to Sweden I was in possession of a few marvelous recipes.
Back home and following my usual obsessive behavior I started to cook! I produced jar after jar after jar of different jams, chutneys, pickles and relishes. Some classical and some with a twist…
In most jams I have apples (Granny Smith style) to balance the sweetness.
·Pineapple and chili (Spanish pepper)
·Strawberry, chocolate, cardamom
·Red currants with cinnamon
·Strawberry and Rhubarb
·Blackberry, apple, vodka
·Mango, honey dew melon and kiwi
·Apple and cranberry
·Red beet and coconut
·Apple with all spice and cloves
·Finely cut carrots with orange and jalapeno
·Fennel with pink pepper, chili and orange
·Red beets with all spice, cloves and orange
I haven’t eaten a single jar myself, but I have made the people around me very happy with home cooked goodies. Even Judy did get a jar of pineapple/chili jam last time we went to see her. Next year I’ll bring something new and exciting yet again.