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Jam and Oatcakes 
24th-Aug-2007 09:39 pm
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I've just had a lovely meal of shallot and potato soup with oatcakes, crowdie, and honey.

This entire week has been a fantastic time for food.

I must put in a plug for Bar Roma. I ate supper there with percible on Tuesday night. I'll come back and put a photo in when I get them off the camera.

On the way back from Edinburgh, mother and brother retrieved, we stopped just north of Montrose at Charleton Fruit Farm.
We picked 4 lbs of raspberries, 4 lbs of brambles/blackberries, and 1 lb of strawberries.

We ate the strawberries with cream that night.

The raspberries and brambles are being made into jam as I type.

We left the raspberries as they are, any embellishment would be excessive. However, we're making some of bramble jam with an infusion of Earl Grey tea.

It's fantastic.

Here's how:

Blackberry Earl Grey Tea
500 grams1 berries
500 grams pectin sugar (if you're unable to find this, use 2 packets/2 oz pectin along with regular granulated sugar)
2.5 oz water
a heaping spoonful of Earl Grey tea

Put the tea in a tea ball in a small cup/mug. Boil the 2.5 oz of water. Pour over the tea. The cup/mug should be small enough that the water covers the tea ball. Don't add more water, find a smaller container.

Put the pectin sugar and the berries in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. While the pan heats up, mash the berries into the sugar. As the sugar melts, this will form a thinnish soup. Turn the heat up to medium high, boil. Keep the mixture just at a boil for at least 4 minutes. Longer if you want it thicker.
Pour in the tea infusion. Stir.

Allow to cool about 8 minutes.

Pour into containers.

Will stay good, if refrigerated, for 4 months.

Fan of jam? What's your favorite?

1- Do ignore the fact that I'm switching between imperial and metric...should probably ignore my switching between bramble and blackberry as well.
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24th-Aug-2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Me too! About being glad and the strawberry.

But I like loads of other ones too, grape, pepper (bell), pear is great one... hmmm... I could go on. ;)
24th-Aug-2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Raspberry. Bramble would probably be nice too. I tend to gravitate towards marmalade when I eat preserves, though. I don't much because I'm trying not to eat so much wheaty stuff, and that cuts out most of the things I would have put jam on.
24th-Aug-2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of jam (and a bit of butter, of course) on oatcakes ... and if you make them yourself - which sounds a little fussy, but I actually find it pretty theraputically wonderful - you don't have to add flour, so no wheatiness at all!

Though I have to say, I'm a savory person myself, so I generally snaffle them down with cheese before the jam has a chance.
24th-Aug-2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Raspberry jam is good, but blackcurrant jam is wonderful :)
24th-Aug-2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Once of my favorite things in the world is redcurrant jam on gingersnaps (really spicy ones). The tang and the hot and the sweet and the mmmmm ... so good.

I am also inordinately fond of apple butter. And the best appetizers I know of are (my standby) baked brie with (again) redcurrant jam and (too difficult; never attmpted it) little puff pastry popovers stuffed with homemade jalapeño jam made by a friend ... whaaaa. So good.

And seconded about Bar Roma -- I've eaten there twice, once with my ex and once with my folks, and it was fabulous both times. Mmmmmmmm, gnocci. Mmmm.
24th-Aug-2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
I'll have to ask my ex if he's kin to the Charleton fruit farm because he has a lot of relatives over in England. Ha. Sounds delish! [xx]
25th-Aug-2007 01:42 am (UTC)
i love lingonberry jam.
25th-Aug-2007 10:44 am (UTC)
I don't like jam. Especially not for breakfast. I can't stand sweet things for breakfast - no idea why. ^^;
25th-Aug-2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Strawberry without a doubt. The shop at work does some fabulous Strawberry and Champagne jam. Yum.
25th-Aug-2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Mum made some raspberry and passionfruit jam, that's quite nice, especially on scones
28th-Aug-2007 08:20 am (UTC)


no, um...I like cherry jam, and blueberry jam, shoot, i think i just like all spreadable fruit products :)
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