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“It is like a jam factory in here” said Mum.

I’ve brought the boys to stay with my parents for a few days to do all the things we normally do, somewhere else, with extra pairs of hands.  We’re having fun.

One of our reasons for the trip is to collect late-summer fruit and make jam together.  My parents enjoy foraging just as much as we do so, equipped with large bags, punnets and a long pole, we head for the Dunton Plotlands, the remnants of an area of small holiday homes for Londoners from the early 1900s which became permanent abodes after The Blitz.  A variety of fruit trees, as well as the ubiquitous blackberry bush, are abundant in the area.

Being the summer holidays a lot of the fruit has already been collected but there is still more than we know what to do with.  We return home with early cooking apples, various types of plums, and damsons.

The apples went into a caramelised apple pie which we ate with cream for pudding.

We’ve decided that the best way to make jam-making less arduous is to simmer the fruit earlier in the day or even on the previous day and then add the sugar and make the jam in the evening, after the children have gone to bed.  Despite the fact that my Mum taught me to make jam we find that our methods have diverged somewhat over the years.  I like to use a jam thermometer, she doesn’t need one!  She likes to fish the stones out after the fruit is cooked rather than de-stone the cold fruit.

Our minor disagreements aside, we both agree that the jam tastes delicious!


I’m trying to keep the food simple this week as I am baking and icing biscuits with my friend as favours for her wedding so there are a few late nights ahead.  We are going for a Biscuiteers style biscuit like these ones I made for Valentines day.

I feel like I have bitten off a bit more than I can chew though as I have some plums that need to be turned into jam before they turn to mush, we need more muesli and still need to make a lentil loaf for tonight (we’re going healthy and low fat this week – the wedding is in France and we are spending a few days there beforehand for the purpose of gorging ourselves on cheese and wine a short holiday for the boys).

Thankfully the eldest is at nursery today and the youngest is having a nap so I have a little time to make a start.

So, I ended up rushing the lentil loaf and it tasted good but the mixture was too wet so it was more dhal than loaf.  On the plus side I have three jars of plum jam, banana/hazelnut/apricot muesli, beef stock cooking in the slow cooker and bread dough rising in the fridge overnight, and a rather messy kitchen.