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Here in Redwood I’ve been experimenting on your behalf.  I know you’ll be disappointed that I won’t be sending you on a jar of this jam…. but trust me it is so easy to make.

We are having such a weird summer – it is really a non-summer!

This has affected our fruit plants so so much.

Our strawberries are only starting to come on now (mid-July) when we usually would have them at the beginning of June! We’ve had a super bumper crop of raspberries and gooseberries.  However, the currents, both black and red, have not been so good.

I’ve been known to pick 12 lbs of fruit off of one red current bush, but this year we just had a few pounds.

This summer berry jam I made last year to use up fruit that was in the freezer…. and of course I didn’t write down the recipe! Doh!

Raspberries, blackcurrents and smallest strawberries

So we’ve had a couple of testing experiments in the kitchen over the past week.  This is the result!

Jar of summer berry jam on black slate

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb redcurrents
  • 1/2 lb raspberries
  • 1/4 lb blackcurrents
  • 1/4 lb strawberries (we have the tiniest, almost like wild strawberries, at the moment)
  • 2 lbs sugar

Method:

Warm sugar in oven.

Top, tail and wash fruit as necessary.  Place in large heavy based pan and heat gently until fruits start to release juices.

Add in warmed sugar, stirring continuously until completely dissolved.  Bring to boil and boil rapidly for 10 mins.

Take a spoonful and test for ‘setness’.

Pour carefully into sterilised, warm jars.  This amount makes approx. 4 to 5 jars.

The resulting jam is a bitter/sweet mix…. I am enjoying it on toast in the morning.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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It has been a good day in the garden.  I’ve managed to get lots done.  That always gives such a sense of satisfaction!

New ‘carpet’ has been laid on the pathway in the polytunnel.  New home been found for the surplus asparagus.  Lots of weeding done both inside and out.

And there is no better way to end the day in the garden than by going harvesting!

strawberries, borage flowers, rocket and chives

Dinner in this house this evening is home-made beef burgers, salad and maybe some fresh fruit for dessert – or that might wait for breakfast!

However, what did strike me (once again) while I was gathering the salad leaves was how quickly they were wilting.  From the time I gathered the leaves, photographed them and made the salad was less than half an hour – but you could see the leaves starting to wilt a bit already.

Now that poses another question – what goes onto salad leaves in shops to keep them fresh for so long?  I am not sure I want to hear the answer.  One thing I know when I pick scallions from the garden, if I don’t use them that evening, they go to the pigs next day….. they are just a sorry, limp specimen!

Courgettes, salad leaves, raspberries, strawberries, borage flowers, rocket, chives, scallions

Do you have any thoughts?

 

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Live is a bowl of cherries!  And even better by two!

Life is a bowl of cherries

Our own cherries and the first of our strawberries for this year!  Just 2 but it’s a start!

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