Posts Tagged ‘jam’

July 5th, 2011

Strawberry Picking, Jam & Scones Category: Recipes

We spent a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon at Claremont Farm Pick Your Own with Elodie. I wasn’t sure if she would enjoy picking strawberries, but they are one of her favourites at the moment & when we mentioned a tractor ride she was rather excited about it!

She took to picking strawberries like a duck to water and had the biggest advantage – little legs so less bending down! Anthony was supervising the strawberries she picked for her basket & between us we quickly filled up two containers.

So, what do you do with 2kg of Strawberries? Jam was high on my list (as it has been on my To Make list for too long) but by the next morning I no longer had 2kg of fresh juicy strawberries I had 1kg & something left after everyone had been helping themselves. But I still had enough for 1/2 the amount!

The recipe I used was an Easy Strawberry Jam from the Womens Institute.  I am glad to say it worked & was relatively easy to make.  First of all I washed & prepared the strawberries

Then they sat in the pan for just over an hour with the jam sugar & some lemon juice

When the jam jars had been sterilised & drying in the oven I put the heat on & simmered away until the jam reached its setting point (it took me nearer 25 minutes to get to this stage rather than the 15-18 minutes the recipe mentions)

I misread the recipe & didn’t leave the fruit to stand for 15-20 minutes which is supposed to stop the fruit from rising in the jars.  But the fruit was no longer in big pieces so I guess it doesn’t matter! The jam was carefully spooned into the jars & the lids put on tightly.

However, the lid of the first jar didn’t stay on for long.  Elodie enjoyed warm jam sandwiches for lunch & I made some scones later in the day.

From field to scone in 24 hours.  Not too bad?!

December 27th, 2007

The post-Christmas review Category: General, Other Foodiness

What a mad few days! I really don’t know where to begin.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Santa brought you some nice gifts. He certainly stopped here as I am now overwhelmed by lots of glorious & mostly foodie presents. To mention, but a few, I am now the proud owner of Simon Rimmers the accidental vegetarian which I cant wait to use. I also have (having arrived today!) the Best-kept Secrets of the Women’s Institute Jams, Pickles & Chutneys. I have a spoon rest, a new super-dooper set of scales, a years subscription to Delicous magazine, the very large & new Gordon Ramsay book and a beautiful Nigella cake stand in cream.

I also got my very own website which I will be moving to soon (I very much hope you’ll join me there). All I can say for now is Hubby is a lovely and very talented man – I have a new logo already – we just need to work on the website layout & content. So keep your eyes peeled for that!

Food-wise, we enjoyed a fantastic (as usual) Christmas day dinner at my mum & dads. We had smoked salmon blini with avocado, mango & chilli salsa. It was really really nice. Hubby had a sausage (its a long term joke in our family) as he doesn’t really like smoked salmon.

The main meal was Turkey with sausages, the-bestest-ever-stuffing (this is my favouritest part), roasted potatoes & roasted parsnips (in goose fat) so they were really crispy, carrots, sprouts (or for me, just one for tradition, I’m really not keen), bread sauce & cranberry sauce (i forgot to take mine, duh!).

Pudding was either Christmas pudding & brandy sauce or my mums triffle – loaded with sherry.

I will be making a smaller version of our feast, hopefully, at the weekend just for Hubby & I.

Oh, and our main present between ourselves was our lovely new digital SLR camera. My Gran was amused as I just took photos of anything that didn’t move all day long! So here are some of our snaps…

July 28th, 2007

Afternoon Baking Category: Recipes

I’ve been fancying some scones for a few weeks now so when we where at the supermarket the other day we picked up some clotted cream & strawberry jam.

This afternoon I baked the scones. This is the second time I’ve made them with the Mary Berry recipe and both times I found I needed much more flour than it says (otherwise you end up with a soggy gooey mixture that you cannot knead nevermind roll out!).

Here is the recipe

  1. Sieve 250g self raising flour & 2 teaspoons of baking powder into a bowl
  2. Add 60g butter – in small cubes
  3. Mix with your hands into breadcrumb type mixture
  4. Add 30g sugar
  5. Put one egg into a jug & add milk upto 1/4 pint (beat lightly)
  6. Add liquid to mix & stir into dough
  7. I added a good handful of Sultanas here (not in original recipe)
  8. Knead dough (you will probably need to add more flour at this point until mixture is more dough like)
  9. Roll out to 1cm-1/2″ thickness
  10. Cut into scone size circles & put on a buttered baking tray – use excess milk to brush tops of scones
  11. Cook at 220°c for approx 10 mins or until risen & golden brown

Cool on wire rack

Serve with cream & jam or just butter and a nice cup of tea. Enjoy