Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Grape Jam

Who would have thought I would one day be making jam out of grapes from my own backyard ! I managed to pick about 5 kilo from an unruly grape vine and it seems too much of a waste to give them all to the cows.

No idea of the variety but these were not tart. Only the purple grapes were used. The lucky cows (Scarry and Baby) were given all the green ones.

The actual act of cooking the jam is fast. It is the prep that takes a bit of work. First the skin has to be separated from each individual grape and then the seeds removed. I did all the prep work while watching TV at night.

Grape Jam
It is a nice jam. Actually it tasted much like plum jam. Will I make it again....yes definitely....if I can gather enough grapes from the garden. It is worth the effort.

No pectin or setting agent is used as the jam sets beautifully with just the addition of some lemon juice.

grape vodka jam

Makes 1.6 Litre

2 kg 'purple' grapes
1 kg sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp vodka

1. If you do not have a thermometer for testing the setting point, put 2 saucers into the freezer for use later to check the jam's setting point.

2. Remove any unwanted spoilt grapes. Rinse. Squeeze each grape individually between the thumb and index finger. Put the flesh and juice in one pot and the skin in the food processor.

flesh and skin of grapes
Pop the flesh out.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai....Yam Ring for the reunion dinner

Wishing all our Family & Friends A Very Happy Chinese New Year.

May the Year of the Tiger bring Lots of Happiness, Prosperity, Good Health and Good Fortune.


And for our Reunion Feast tonight we will start off with none other than our favourite yam ring ...... Cheers !

Recipe Here

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