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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Plum jam and the last of the summer sun?



It feels like summer is slowly coming to an end. I had the very last of the plums from the Oratia orchard and made some jam. I usually blend my jams as my husband like them smooth, but I prefer jams with chunks of fruit and peel in it, so I just remove the stone and cooked the plums with a little water and some jam setting sugar (this was a present, and I wanted to try it). The NZ jam tradition seems to be 1kg of sugar for 1 kg of fruit (or even more sugar if you make raspberry jam) for an Italian this is too much. I go for 40 to 60%, with the latter being my preference if I need to preserve the jam for a long time (it helps agains botulin). You can taste the fruit better with less sugar :-).


Finally I am getting sunflowers in the garden, now that summer is ending… well, I got three now, and they are my little personal suns!



And our cats, Nikita (left) and Marameo (right) are also enjoying the last of the sun, sleeping outdoors all day long! Marameo is 18 now, an old lady cat 



 Photos and recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


14 comments:

  1. QUE AMOR DE GATOS!!!!
    SALUDITOS

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  2. Good morning. I've never had plum jam, do you believe that? Yours look so beautiful that I feel like to try it.
    Your summer is almost gone, and mine feels it's so far away...

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    1. I hope for a good autumn and wish you a good spring :-)

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  3. E qui fa freddooooo!!! Noooooo ahhahaha :-) Bacioni! Sappi che ti invidio!

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    1. E' venuto brutto tempo anche qui, spero che passi così finiscono di maturare i pomodori!

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  4. Che bonta!Che bel gatto!
    Bacioni da Grecia!

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  5. I love plum and making into jam sounds so nice! I miss summer and can't wait to eat fresh plum soon. :)

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    1. No more plums here (still in the supermarket, but that is not good quality fruit… too long in fridges). But I have my jam :-)

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  6. what beautiful jam Alessandra I love the color! I would like to make some, here the summer is in the end I think and I hope, was so hot!!! besos

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  7. Delicious! I also thought summer was at it's end, so got busy chopping and stacking firewood, but then now it has been scorching hot the last few days. Gotta love nz weather.

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    1. Yeah the weather got better!! Hot again!

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  8. Alessandra, your plum jam looks amazing - what a beautiful colour. I'm with you - I like my jam to still have a bit of texture to it.

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