Archive for April, 2010

I wanna jam it wid you

So, there are these trees here. And every spring they sprout fruit like a rash. The first time I saw one of these trees was when E and I were strolling through a Montmartre neighbourhood alley. We first thought the tree was an apricot, and, being the people we are, plucked a handful of fruit and continued on our stroll. NOT apricots. BUT: marvelously delicious. We were curious.
Fast forward 2 years and here we are again, faced with these trees. Quick research enlightened us: Loquat.
In true Southern California fashion, it is normal to just leave the fruit hanging on the tree in your yard while you go to the store or market to buy that exact same fruit.

When life hands you loquats, get jammin’!
I followed loosely the instruction for this and swapped honey with agave.

I blanched the skins off

and peeled and seeded each fruit. This took two hours!

Then, mashed it all together in the pot, boiling and simmering at the right times for the agar to activate…

and jarred it up.

No, I didn’t boil my jars. I have tonnes of information on sterilising jars and frankly I was scared. These be freezer jams.

Soooo yummers on some brown rice toast!

Here’s a raw jam recipe I’ve been meaning to make since viewing the video a few months ago. I love Julie Morris and I have chia at home in Toronto. It is so on.

Jam’s about my pride and truth I cannot hide
To keep you satisfied.
True love that now exist is the love I can’t resist,
So jam by my side.

-Bob Marley

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Sometimes, lemons look like things.

Snout lemon

Flight of the Navigator

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