Happy New Year! May it be a good one for all……..I’m beginning mine without hot water which is a challenge I did not want! The 25 year old electric hot water service died a couple of days ago, flooding my garage in the process. Simeon the friendly plumber reckons that is a great age for such a device, and promises that the new one which he will install on Friday will not last as long. In the meantime I shall shower at a friends place.
My dear departed Mother was a jam maker of the first order, annually she made raspberry and apricot jam, and in winter, the best marmalade ever from Seville oranges. I don’t think she would have ever bought jam unless in desperation when the panty was empty of her own. I don’t remember my Ma being much of a pickle or chutney eater, but her jams were excellent and Christmas jam making was part of the family tradition. I don’t often make jam – I would only eat it on bread with slathers of butter……but this year I have. A small amount of blackcurrants was transformed into a couple of jars of what one might call coulis – delicious on icecream, there is nectarine jam to use up what fruit was left from my chutney making, and today I picked 4 lbs of raspberries and now have 9 jars of various sizes of delicious real raspberry jam. I guess my kids might get a small jar each but the rest will be all mine!