|Another Hyde Hall photo.|
Yesterday was a nice relaxing day. I made two sorts of jam, both with apple as a base. The first was apple and lemon which was a mistake jam: I thought the apples were the kind that held their shape so I peeled, cored and sliced some for blanching and open freezing. However, it turned out that they were the fluffy kind - the reason they had held shape before was because I was cooking them in vinegar and sugar for chutney. So after a few choice expressions of annoyance and some umming and ahing, I boiled the whole lot up to get rid of most of the water, then added sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and jammed it. It turned out OK, I think, tasting a bit marmaladey.
The other jam was apple and plum and that was such a doddle. It set very quickly and without any problems. I think I will try the mulled version, which uses red wine and mulling spices.
My goodness, it rained yesterday - huge raindrops and so hard too. It was a surprise after a morning that began dull but then turned into sunshine. I gather it was the remnants of Irene powering its way around the globe, so Dad said (I haven't been watching the weather forecast recently), and it certainly gave the garden a thorough watering. No more tomatoes to pick though, sadly.