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Friday, 11 August 2017

Pear Jam



Ingredients:

2 kg of fruit, consisting of 2 peaches, 2 plums, 2 apples & the rest pears, peeled and cored
2 oranges, zested & juiced
1 kg jam sugar
750 ml water

Method:

  1. Place 2-3 plates in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 140C.
  3. Place all the prepared fruit, orange zest & juice and the water into a large pan.
  4. Simmer until the pears are soft.
  5. Meanwhile wash the jars in warm soapy water & then place face down in the oven to dry & sterilise.
  6. Add the sugar & continue to simmer on a low/medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  7. Turn up the heat & allow to boil hard for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Test for a set, by drizzling some of the jam onto a cold plate from the fridge. Place the plate in the fridge for 2 mins. After 2 mins run your finger over the jam & if it leave a crinkly track then it is ready for putting into the jars. If it is still runny then continue to boil, checking it every few minutes.
  9. Once ready put into the jars & seal.
  10. Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use, then refrigerate.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Early First Blackberries

Blackberry picking the first weekend of August in Yorkshire is unheard of, usually it's the bank holiday or even September before it's time for the first fruits.

Here's our first crop & the bush is heaving with green ones & more flowers.




Think it'll be a bumper harvest this year....

Friday, 4 August 2017

Potato & Spinach Bake


Ingredients:

1 kg potato, chopped into inch cubes
1 small swede, peeled & chopped
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
200g spinach
handful of grated cheese
500ml vegetable stock (made with 2 OXO cubes)
black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Parboil the potatoes in boiling water for about 5 minutes.
  3. Part steam the vegetables also for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften slightly.
  4. Place the potatoes into an ovenproof dish, with the softened vegetables, spinach and cheese and mix together well.
  5. Pour over the vegetable stock.
  6. Place in the oven for 30-45 minutes until the potatoes & vegetables have softened & cooked through.

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