What's delicious around here at the moment:
:: School holiday mornings! No rushing, no "come ON get your shoes on!", no "PUT THAT AWAY WE HAVE TO GO!"; rather, a bit of lego, a cup of tea, a nice slow start, and if you're lucky a bit of a sleep in.
:: Warmer weather. The washing dries on the line in one day not three!
:: (Mostly) chilled out babes. Particularly the smallest one. And who is *touches wood* sleeping very well. (I just totally jinxed it, didn't I.)
:: Family coming to stay for the long weekend.
:: A very favorite old friend getting married on the weekend, to the best person imaginable. Hoorays all round.
:: My book club, Reading Between The Wines, who met here last night. (Hence no post – it was a bit late and I was a bit cactus!) It always leaves me super happy. I love my book club. Last night we did The Elegance of the Hedgehog, so great!
:: Strawberry jam!!!
We went for a bit of an exploratory drive recently, around an area of Sydney I didn't know, and at a funny little fruit barn on the side of the road they were selling five punnets of strawberries for $1. Five! HAD to make jam.
My recipe isn't a recipe, it's more of an idea. I cannot face the gallons of sugar in most jam recipes! I basically weigh my strawberries and add half the weight in sugar.
You stir through the sugar and leave for an hour or so (softens the fruit)…
The hardest bit of making jam is sterilizing the jars!
I do this by boiling the jars (and lids) in a big pot of water for 10 minutes and then drying them out in the oven for about 10-15 minutes on a low heat (110°C). Handle with tongs by the way!! Super hot!
Strawberry jam spread on a slice of toast at afternoon tea time? Oh yum.