Category Preserves and Chutneys

JAFFA-CAKE CAKE, WITH BLOOD ORANGE MARMALADE & CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING

I saw a lovely post from My Kitchen Witch about homemade Jaffa cakes. I’m partial to a Jaffa cake every now and then, it’s sort of a guilty secret. They’re often on offer in the shops for 99p and I can’t resist them. By the time I’ve eaten five, however, I can’t ignore the dryness […]

GINGER & NUTMEG SCONES WITH SPICED BERRY COMPOTE

Whilst we were away, we made a batch of scones to keep us going inbetween meals (what can I say – it was an indulgent few days: being that they were eaten with generous amounts of clotted cream and fruit compote, one of these bad boys was pretty much a meal in itself!)  Crystallised ginger in soft, crumbly […]

RAW MANGO & TURMERIC PICKLE

Last month, I made a no-cook, fresh turmeric and ginger pickle.  The turmeric I’d brought home from the shop had given me a surprise once I started to peel it, as the flesh revealed wasn’t bright yellow, but a creamy off-white.  At this point I didn’t even know that such a thing as white turmeric existed, and […]

(A LITTLE BIT SAUCY) CHILLI, PEPPER & CHERRY TOMATO JAM

Saucy this chilli jam is, but not in a ‘suits you, sir’ kind of way.  Initially cooked on a boil, it spends most of the cooking process simmering, which gives a sticky, soft consistency, not too wet to spoon over crackers and cream cheese, but easy to loosen up with some rice vinegar and tamari to turn it into […]

FRESH TURMERIC, GINGER & CARROT PICKLE

A few weeks ago, we were wandering around a grocery shop, both tired and a bit vague, and found ourselves lingering in front of the shelf that housed the fresh turmeric.  I’m not sure that I’ve ever noticed it on display there before, and we were both a little bit intrigued, but it was one of those days when you […]

SPICED PICKLED QUINCE

I hope you all had a good weekend, whether working, playing, resting, drinking, eating, or any of the other possibilities.  It rained heavily here for most of yesterday, which gave us the perfect excuse to get cosy indoors with Judy Delpy, Bill Murray, and a spiced roast with lots and lots of sides.  And when an unexpected touch […]

PLUM, ORANGE & APRICOT SAUCE

This year we had a roast duck on the 25th, and this very fruity, spiced sauce was a lovely accompaniment – best made a few days in advance to let the flavours develop.   Ingredients About 6 apricots, quartered About 4 plums, quartered 1 bramley apple, peeled and chopped Juice and zest of 2 oranges […]