Tonight I have finished making a Pear Jam, lightly flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
The delicate pear flavour is complemented by the spices but not overwhelmed.
I also made a batch of pineapple and papaya chutney. This sophisticated condiment is packed with interesting goodies including ginger, wine vinegar, almonds and some chilli flakes. I hope you will enjoy it. I suggest it would pair well with pork chops, curries or any cold meat. It is a bit more expensive than the others because of the extra special ingredients.
I tend to make jams and chutneys in varying different sized jars because I know some people will want a tiny sample jar first before making the investment, others want a small jar because they are living alone, others want to splurge on something that sounds great!
The other recent additions to the jam table include Lemon and Feijoa Chutney (a flavour-burst but low in sugar), the old favourite: Feijoa Jam with Vanilla and Ginger & Quince Jelly plus Quince Paste (good with crackers and cheese).
We got a sad bit of news from Bishop Given yesterday:
“At the moment we are facing another heavy drought in the central region of Tanzania and Kondoa is very much affected! The rain came the end of January and have not come back since then. All the crops have died and there is no hope for any harvest this year! Last week I visited Gwandi, Rofati, Chemba, Wisuzaje, and Mwaikisabe. Just at the moment people are going hungry two to three day without eating anything. And I know in September the situation will be very bad! I believe your visit will be an encouragement to people as they face physical drought they need remove spiritual drought that may be caused by the physical drought and provide hope for the people.”
I know you will want to help, as I do. I have gathered about $1,000 from jam sales this year and will send that, but it is not much among 5 villages. Ian and I wondered if sending money that we would otherwise spend on airline tickets to go to Kondoa this August, but Bishop Given says that when we come, the people feel glad because they are not forgotten and also, the churches flourish and grow after we visit.