11 May 2019
Today I decided to give you a bit more information on what goes into the jams and chutneys on the Jambo Jam Table. Some people are more likely to try something if they know the contents. Others like to sample a bit before they buy. Tiny sample pots are sometimes available – you may try before you buy, but please return the little pots as I have a limited supply of them.
The Pineapple and Papaya Chutney contains garlic, chilli flakes, tomatoes, fresh ginger, limes, pineapple, papaya, gogi juice, wine vinegar, brown sugar salt and a capsicum plus a few almonds. Quite a stunning mix! Fab with chicken or ham.
Feijoa Chutney (Vicar’s Choice) contains feijoas, onions, whole lemons, fresh green chillies, white wine vinegar, cardamom pods, chilli flakes, ground Ceylonese cinnamon, sea salt.
Lemon and Feijoa Chutney has the John Hawcridge seal of approval. It has all the same chutney ingredients except reversing the amounts of feijoa and lemon, giving a sharp sour and hot flavour. Both these chutneys have lower amounts of sugar than usual chutneys.
The Feijoa Jam has organic vanilla and tiny squares of freshly boiled ginger in it. The little squares are left over from when I make Ginger Syrup. I boil them up for 4 hours with sugar and water, pour off the liquid for syrup to make drinks with or use for poaching pears. The cubes that are left still have a kick in them ☺
Spicey Pear Jam has a definite taste of sweet pears, plus the added interest of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Plain Pear Jam is a bit bland, but this warmly spiced one is really cool. It is not “hot” in the burn-your-mouth-with-chilli sense.
Traditional Grapefruit Marmalade contains grapefruit, and lemon juice plus sugar. Just like mother used to make it.
Three-fruit Marmalade has three kinds of citrus, depending on what donations of fruit I have received. Usually grapefruit, tangelo and lemon, but sometimes exotic and highly- prized kumquats.
Guava Jelly has organic guavas and sugar plus lemon juice to aid the acidity/pectin/sugar balance necessary for the jelly to set.
Quince Jelly (same kind of mix) is used on toast, or accompanies cold meats.
Quince Paste is a European delicacy, originating in Spain (called Membrillo) and is sought-after to accompany cheese and crackers but can also be used with cold meats.
Quince Marmalade is the original marmalade, according to the Harrods recipe book where I got the recipe. It originally came from Portugal to England and the recipe was later altered to include citrus fruits then replaced by Seville Oranges (from Spain). So you can taste the original kind of marmalade ☺
Christmas Plum Jam is made from the yellow/red Christmas plums in my garden. They have a more tart flavour than the Deep Red Plum Jam, made from dark red plums.
If you are lucky enough to grab the last bottle of Dessert Plum Sauce, you are in for a treat. It adds a depth of flavour when served with plum cake, plum muffins, or any fruity winter pudding. Greek yoghurt adds another dimension ☺
Lots of yum, Helen
*Jambo means "Hi!" in Swahili.