|Peach and Schnapps jam - check out the plate test!|
|Irish marrow chutney - made with apples from Devon. Naturally...|
For the princely sum of £9, not only did we get lunch, all the ingredients and a new skill, we also ended up with 10 different jams and chutneys so that we can sample each others jars of joy. How marvellous is that?
Two important lessons learnt - add alcohol towards the end otherwise the flavour will be lost and heat the jars in the oven on a low setting otherwise your hot jam will roar up like a volcano taking the fruit with it. Imagine the opposite of a sinking fruit cake. Whoops. Oh and did you know, if the jam touches the inside of the lid after it has been bottled, it's considered illegal in the UK and you wouldn't be allowed to sell it, but in France it's fine (as it is in my books). So we merrily turned our peach jam upside down and watched the pieces of peach float back to the middle.
And check out those labels. What luck to partner with someone who has just had to do the calligraphy for all the place settings at her daughters wedding and happened to have said calligraphy pen in her handbag. Now, that's what I call WI!
I thought you might like the recipes - I have no idea of the source as we were given photocopies which didn't reference the book so I've made them look pretty. Got to love Publisher. Hopefully you'll be able to read them if you click on the image and then zoom. If you do know where they came from, do let me know!
*Ha - I'd love to hear your gasp when I then tell you that I cooked my first whole chicken on Sunday. I think it's fair to say that Mum was speechless... You see, the problem is that Mr M likes to relax by cooking and has a tendency to elbow his way in after I've done all the prep... I'm not complaining - trust me! Anyway, I did a pot roast chicken and it was scrummy.