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Jams & Preserves

Jams and Preserves


The recipes on this page are all about preserving. Sweet jams, chutney, liqueurs and sauces with more on the way
Sweet Autumn Fruit Chutney

Sweet Autumn Fruit Chutney

My easy recipe for Sweet Autumn Fruit Chutney with figs, plums, and apples is so delicious. Lightly spiced it is perfect served on a cheeseboard or with cold meats. With free printable labels!
Homemade Vegetable Stock

Homemade Vegetable Stock

Homemade Vegetable Stock Paste with all fresh ingredients is so easy to make at home, and perfect for soup season. Now with free printable labels!
Rosehip and Apple Jelly

Rosehip and Apple Jelly

If you’ve been reading along for a while, you’ll know that I love foraging for food. From wild garlic in the spring to summer elderflowers, I get a real kick out of connecting with nature and exploring all the flavours the seasons have to offer. In autumn, when I’m not hunting mushrooms in the woods, you’ll find me in the hedgerows picking rosehips and wild apples to make the deliciously tangy Rosehip and Apple Jelly. This is such a beautiful jelly, a bright autumnal golden-orange. The apples give it a lovely soft set and the rosehips flavour the jelly with…
Beetroot and Orange Relish

Beetroot and Orange Relish

Bright, zesty, aromatically spiced and gloriously purple, Beetroot and Orange Relish will always remind me of long afternoons spent in the very aptly named Gardens of Irini – or Gardens of Peace in Bellapais, Cyprus. There the proprietress and my dear friend Deirdre always served this delicious relish alongside her famous chicken pâté. While Deirdre is enjoying a very well deserved retirement from her bistro duties, she was kind enough to share with me the recipe for both her relish and her pâté alongside other favourites. I won’t get to sit in the beautiful Gardens of Irini until I’m next…
Tangy Redcurrant Jelly – No added Pectin!

Tangy Redcurrant Jelly – No added Pectin!

I have written a lot about how much I love redcurrants, those ruby coloured strands of beautiful summer berries. While I usually use them in baking, as they are so good within a Redcurrant Crumble Cake, they also make a brightly coloured and tangy Redcurrant Jelly, made with only two ingredients. That’s right, this recipe has NO added pectin. Redcurrants are naturally high in pectin so you can make this recipe with just fruit and sugar! This jelly is perfect for serving with a cheese board, alongside some crumbly cheddar, and is great for stirring into gravies and sauces to…
Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasting the tomatoes for Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce intensifies their delicious, summery flavour. Make up a big batch when tomatoes are at their best and you’ll have a taste of summer all year round.
Berry Chia Seed Jam

Berry Chia Seed Jam

Ever since I was a little boy I have been fascinated by jam making. It started with watching my grandmother, Nana Fay, making her legendary plum jam, one of the highlights of summer. Since then, I’ve cooked up just about every combination of jam flavours you can imagine and even had a market stall in Cyprus making hundreds of jars a week. Jam making can be hot, sticky work, but it is incredibly rewarding. Something I often get asked about is how to reduce the amount of sugar in jam. It’s a tricky question because it is the delicate relationship…
Spicy Red Pepper Jelly (No Added Pectin)

Spicy Red Pepper Jelly (No Added Pectin)

Sweet, tangy and delicious, Spicy Red Pepper Jelly (No Added Pectin) is the perfect condiment to serve with cream cheese and crackers. With free printable labels!
Peach and Tomato Chutney

Peach and Tomato Chutney

My easy recipe for Peach and Tomato Chutney is sweet and just a little bit spicy. Perfect for your next cheese board, BBQ or Indian feast!
Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

It’s so easy to make coffee liqueur at home. Use good quality ground coffee and adjust the sweetness to suit your tastes. Perfect for Espresso Martinis!
Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots

Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots

It’s often said that apricots are a ‘kitchen fruit’ because, despite their beautiful speckled skin and orange glow, they can be disappointingly woolly and flavourless. However, the application of a little heat and sugar changes everything. Gently cooked in wine, scented with vanilla, served with a big scoop of ice cream and some buttery homemade shortbread, Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots are practically a food of the gods. This is a great way to end a meal during the warmer months. Cool and refreshing, with just the right balance of sweet and tart, it sings of summer. You can make the…
Zesty Lemon Lime Curd

Zesty Lemon Lime Curd

Lemon curd has to be one of my favourite things in the world. The very best curd is the perfect balance between sweet, sour, creamy and buttery. Whether you eat it spread on toast, fold it through softly whipped cream for filling a sponge cake, or as the base to a quick lemon tart or meringue pie, it is vital to use the freshest lemons and eggs you can find – with so few ingredients you want to make sure that they are all top quality. My love affair with lemon curd really began among the famous lemon groves of…
Elderflower and Prosecco Jam

Elderflower and Prosecco Jam

We’ve arrived back in Munich to gorgeous early summer weather. It’s warm, sunny, the whole city seems to have decamped to the riverside and the smell of barbecue hangs in the air. Truly, this is when Munich comes alive. This is also the time of year when the parks are full of the billowy white blossoms of elderflower – Holunderblüten, or Holler as it is locally known. I’m somewhat of an elderflower addict, and the first warm, sunny day after the blossoms have arrived will see me with basket and scissors raiding the local parks for blossoms. Every year I…
Plum and Walnut Jam

Plum and Walnut Jam

A slow lazy autumn Sunday, coffee and papers in bed, followed by a relaxed breakfast. Billie Holiday is singing on the stereo, there is a loaf of bread in the oven, and puttering away on the stove is a big pot of Plum and Walnut Jam, the concentrated plummy goodness filling the air with a delicious jammy aroma. I can’t actually think of anywhere I would rather be at this moment. Home. A pause between two madly busy weeks, and a chance to centre myself, catch my breath and spend some time doing things that bring me pure, unadulterated pleasure.…