Homemade strawberries jam


 

O' yum-my! fresh baguette

O’ yum-my! fresh baguette

For a jar of 400 – 500g jam – Ingredients:

  • 350g fresh strawberries
  • 350g sugar
  • 350ml water
  • 35g fresh ginger

 Method:

Peel, chop and blend the ginger in 50ml of water. Sieve thru a tissue paper towel to remove all the remains of the roots and collate just the pure essence (juice).

Ginger extract

Ginger extract

Do not throw away that waste as it could be dried and used for tea or even as seasoning.

Now remove the green bits off the individual strawberries, cut the berries in half and rinse.

The drops are neat and are not runny

The drops are neat and are not runny

In a deep sauce pan, place the strawberries, sugar, water and ginger essence. Stew at medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to stir from time to time until the mix starts to become slightly sticky on the spatula.

pure sugar bubbling

pure sugar bubbling

I like my jam with bits in it. If is not the case for you, try to mash to strawberries as you stir them.

To make sure that your jam is ready, just make some drops on a clean plate and if the jam drops (like water drops). If the drops stand, that means your jam is ready and that a lot of the water has evaporated.

If the drops are runny during the test, leave the jam on heat and keep stirring until you get the right consistency.

I used some of this jam for a sponge sandwich dessert

I used some of this jam for a sponge sandwich dessert

Once you have mastered the strawberry jam, you can make any type of jam. Don’t be afraid, just go for it. I have spiced mine with a bit of ginger as I love ginger. If you like spiced desserts, try and make your jams with you preferred spice. How about chillies? That could work?!

Suitable for vegans.

Just have fun and do let me know what you think.

Enjoy

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Shepherd’s wife stew


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Made with love stew

This is a great way to use vegetables that are on their last legs like, aubergine, lettuce salads, leeks and tomatoes

Ingredients for this dish. Serves 6 portions

  • Lamb chops 400grsDSC02583
  • Lettuce about 100grs
  • 1 medium aubergine
  • 1 red onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 50grs of chopped leek
  • 1 chilli pepper
  • 6 small potatoes
  • 25grs fresh ginger
  • Small bunch of parsley
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1l beef stock
  • Poppy seed roll
  • 2 Sprigs of thyme
  • 3 table spoons of vegetable oil

Prep:

DSC02590Peel and cut the potatoes in half. Cut the tomatoes, aubergine, peel and cut garlic, onions, leek, parsley. Cut the lettuce. Rinse the meat with cold water, dust with salt and black pepper. Grate the ginger.

Method:

Heat the oil, drop the thyme in then, seal the meat on all sides. Leaving the meat at the bottom of the pan, add the tomato to bring a bit of moisture, then add the potatoes and the rest of the vegetables, then the stock and grated ginger.  Adjust salt to your taste then, cover the pot and leave it alone on high heat for 1hour. If you like your meat falling off the bone, leave it for one hour 15 minutes. Toping up the water if necessary.

serving suggestion

serving suggestion

Done. Serve. Bon appétit