Why, why, why in the world would you slather burger-ish jelly when you can scoop to pulp of jam?
Now, I’ve got my food opinions, but unless you’ve got super contorted esophageal passages, jam trumps jelly every time.
And like my nut butter pleasure, I am a jam connoisseur as well. And lucky me, you really haven’t jammed it up until you live in Europe and get to purchase over the course of an extended period of time (for less than $2!) Kiwi jam, plum jam, orange passion fruit jam, quince jam, fig jam, strawberry balsamic jam, strawberry banana jam, currant raisin jam, banana bourbon jam, orange whisky jam, and one of my all time loves raspberry basil.
Last year I embarked on preparing and canning my first homemade jam ever: Sirachi Grape. But this year, being a little less in need of overachieving, I set my sights not to “out do” myself. After all, with such a plethora of jam under my belt, I recognized and honored my standing in the jam domain. But I would try to make something I’ve never tasted before.
Keeping it simple, I found the recipe with the simplest ingredients
TOMATOES, SUGAR, PECTIN.
What can be more simple than that…and expectant? I couldn’t WAIT to taste the results…and of course, in my anticipation, I HAD to fiddle with the recipe and add ground up ginger in the concoction).
I DIVINELY often crave day long roasted tomatoes, releasing sugar over 10 hours in the crock pot they rival other “traditional” fruits in their Sucre-sacredness. Into the corck pot went:
….lovingly packaged for my exchange partner and other Gimmie your Stuff packages.
Verdict??? TEN times more powerful and “successful” than my sirachi jam from last year….I slathered it on english muffin with brie and about GAFAWED at my production. I mised it up with raspberry farmer market jam and melted it with mozarella in a tortilla and felt transported. This jam, really, well, makes me happy! Another example of something I wouldn’t attempt 20 months ago before discovering the blog-o-sphere.
I LOVE little exchanges like this….any one have an idea for another good one?