I am making Pomegranate Jam today for an American couple who are on holiday here and they would like three different flavors to pack them up as a trio for Christmas gifts back home. They fell in love with this island and the local fruits and produce and this is a good way for them to take back some glorious fruit and a jar … Read More Today I will be making a batch of Pomegranate Jam using local fruits …..
Bright yellow and beautiful laced with tiny spears of fresh rosemary and it has retained its color, quite hard to achieve but finally achievable! A perfect end result. I cut greengage yesterday from a friend’s garden and I am using half to make a chutney with ginger and rosemary fresh from my mother this afternoon and with the other half I am processing whole … Read More A glorious preserve using local fruits … Greengage Ginger Jam
It’s always good to have a snack that is available to have with drinks and I prefer buying nuts and dried fruit completely additive and flavor free and making my own mix with herbs or spices that take my fancy. I made this mix using chili, honey and rosemary and I store them in airtight jars. The flavors are delicious and it is very … Read More Stored in a jar…chili, honey and rosemary nut mix….
I picked grapes this week and could not help noticing that fresh fennel grows all around the grapes. This inspired me to create a grape and fennel jelly with port that is delicious served with cheese and I am sure it will also be great with meats like lamb. I served the jelly yesterday with Manchego and local sourdough, a good Mediterranean Ploughman’s. The … Read More Mediterranean Ploughmans with homemade Grape Port and Fennel Jelly
Picking wild apples in the morning A few weeks ago while I was making Apple and Strawberry jam, I had a visit from Liana, a beautiful young lawyer from Ukraine who lives and works in Switzerland. She came with her father and they were charming and lovely to have around. They sampled my jams and told me they were delighted with the flavors of … Read More A jam of wild Mediterranean Apples and Strawberries… the fruits of a special island….
Watermelon is so refreshing and at the peak of its season now so i think its a good idea to take advantage while the price is low to stock up and store some for the winter months. We have spent the last month eating watermelon for breakfast with yoghurt, for lunch with local goats cheese and making endless fresh juices and home made … Read More Watermelon Chili Preserve
There is a quaint strawberry village in the north of the island where fat luscious strawberries are harvested from April and last through the summer. This island is truly blessed with all that is good in life. We can indulge in a fresh handpicked strawberry feast every single day all through the summer. There is something quite rewarding about preserving a taste of the … Read More Storing summer in a jar … Strawberry Jam