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Tag: Preserves & Canning

Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables and Christmas Oranges at their peak

Bright juicy clementines are at their peak on the island reminding us that Christmas is with us soon. Also know as Christmas orange, the clementine is lovely to decorate Christmas tables and I love this story about Santa Claus and the tradition of putting a clementine in Christmas stockings. I decided to make a large batch of crispy pickled Vietnamese Vegetables today as they … Read More Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables and Christmas Oranges at their peak

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Celebrating Thanksgiving on an island abundant with blessings …

The US Ambassador HE Ms Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley welcomes me to her home and shares her favorite Thanksgiving recipes. It is the time of the year again when Americans all over the world stop to thank for their blessings, to appreciate and give thanks for what they have. Gratitude for the harvest, the provision, the abundance….. a nation so diverse with a fusion of cuisines … Read More Celebrating Thanksgiving on an island abundant with blessings …

A rumtopf inspired fruit compote ….

With Christmas approaching, I start to automatically think of Christmasy treats and I made this fruit compote yesterday out of fruit that was starting to go soft. I had kiwis, plums and grapes but did not have much time to spare. For Christmas I always make the fantastic German treats, the irresistible german gingerbread, the cinnamon stars, I can smell the spices, home made … Read More A rumtopf inspired fruit compote ….

Today I will be making a batch of Pomegranate Jam using local fruits …..

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 …..

From an island bursting with sunshine in the Fall, a very moist lemon coconut tray cake….

Those who follow my blog know about my passion for making all sorts of condiments, chutneys and jams using local fruits and vegetables. I get enormous pleasure out of cutting the fruit myself and producing these preserves that have virtually no carbon footprint. And how can you beat the freshness and purity of pesticide-free fruit that goes from the tree straight into the pan … Read More From an island bursting with sunshine in the Fall, a very moist lemon coconut tray cake….

Pomegranates at the peak of ripeness…. from the tree straight into the pan !

Calm seas in Paradise, the soul of the island…. a garden in Paradise, a feast for the eyes, the glorious Mediterranean sea, the heart of the island beating peacefully.. …I cut pomegranates yesterday afternoon, red, rosy and full of flavor thanks to the Southern sun and soil which make them unique. I am planning many recipes this week using pomegranate as an ingredient and … Read More Pomegranates at the peak of ripeness…. from the tree straight into the pan !

A glorious preserve using local fruits … Greengage Ginger Jam

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

Today’s tea time treat…. Fig and Hazelnut Tart… can’t wait

The pomegranates are beautiful on the trees soaking up the Mediterranean sun and will surely be ready to cut next week. I am baking a tart for tea today and am using a fig compote I made in August when figs were abundant and I preserved them is all forms imaginable. I think everyone loves figs and they are a crowd pleaser. I am … Read More Today’s tea time treat…. Fig and Hazelnut Tart… can’t wait

Stored in a jar…chili, honey and rosemary nut mix….

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….

Mediterranean Ploughmans with homemade Grape Port and Fennel Jelly

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

A jam of wild Mediterranean Apples and Strawberries… the fruits of a special island….

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….

Melon Chili Ginger Chutney… and a new way for sterilizing !

I am into making preserves, jams and chutneys at the moment. The abundance of fruits on this small island inspire me, their ripeness and freshness, straight from the tree into the pan. It’s like preserving the freshness for the winter when the local variety will no longer be available. I like cutting my own fruit…. I love being outdoors, the clear blue skies and … Read More Melon Chili Ginger Chutney… and a new way for sterilizing !