Strawberry Orange Blossom Jam

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Jam blobs to make your carefully carved mini toast made from a bigger hot dog bun look verrrry cute, like anime cute.

I almost didn’t make jam this month, which is a little crazy.  Jam is my thing, and I’ve been doing something for every month of the Food In Jars monthly challenge so far. Maybe I was testing the limits of obligation, maybe it was just the business of summer and summer being busy.

At any rate, I couldn’t walk past these strawberries, lined up like juicy rubies in their clamshells, outside the metro, where the fruit is cheap but not usually this memorable.  Yesterday.  Yes, this jam is just 1 day old.  I’m screeching into the finish line with this one, and in the midst of packing to go celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in Ottawa this weekend no less.  Oh look!  It’s red and white!  Like I PLANNED it or something (I did not, but maybe the strawberries did O_O).  Much better than a poutine donut (those fries are all wrong), this quasi-intentional celebration of Canada’s being a thing is made with the flesh and souls of hundreds of perfect tiny redolent blushing local Quebec strawberries, with a little splash of orange blossom water to make it something special. Continue reading

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Pickled Pink Turnips (Torshi Left)

IMG_7660-2_Fotor32Another Food in Jars Mastery Challenge experimentation!   Continue reading

Green Almond Pickle for the Food In Jars Mastery Challenge and a Blogger Recognition Award!

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Hi y’all, it’s been a busy week as I gear up for my first day back at work after a full 14 months of maternity leave (yes, being Canadian has it’s perks, it can be perky).  Deep washing my chef’s blacks.  Organizing recipes I’ve tested over the break.  Gathering a fresh set of razor-sharp cheap-O Thai knives.  Anticipating the springy feel of my black plastic kitchen slippers (you know the kind).  Really, REALLY wanting to shave all my hair off.  Like, almost every hair (the better to air-condition one’s head with in the heat of the Food Dungeon). Continue reading

Bitters Blood Orange Marmalade

IMG_7937Full disclosure: I wanted real bad to be a goth in high school.  It never really happened, for reasons almost entirely based in my lazy approach to fashion; I am hopelessly lo-fi when it comes to clothes.  I mean, I still wear a lot of black…

And 80’s goth music is part of the scaffolding of my heart. 🖤

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Carrot and Almond Jam

IMG_7277 2 3 3.jpgWhy would anyone make carrot jam, you say?  To luxuriate in carrots elevated to a higher, sweeter calling?  To treat spring’s plucky root veg to an honourable place in the jam cabinet?  To have an excuse to buy brandy?

All the reasonable reasons.  And this isn’t some budget jam for drifters too thrifty to afford a box of raspberries – it’s a fancypants thing.  A hint of brandy adds mystery and depth, toasted ground almonds enrich, feathery bits of micro-carrot swirl through it for texture and beauty.  See?  Fancy dancy. Continue reading