Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Raspberry Jam time again

Yes I am picking all the berries. Raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants have all been made into Jam this week. It is a form of procrastination as I am meant to be packing to go away on holiday.

(for this quantity) sterilise four jam jars.
Karen's Raspberry Jam recipe (minimum 800g raspberries)
Raspberries (weigh them)
same weight in sugar

Put Rasp and sugar in pan with juice from one lemon. Have pan on very low until the sugar has dissolved. Then bring to the boil and let boil for 5 minutes. Add 1 Teaspoon citric acid and stir well. Boil for another 4 minutes. Take off the heat immediately and give a good stir to cool down. Leave 2 minutes and give a good stir. Leave two minutes and give a good stir (do this two or three more times). What that does is ensures that the raspberries stay well distributed in the jar when it sets. Rather than have the raspberries all rise to the top and have set liquid on the bottom.

do not add more lemon or citric acid until you have over 1.5kg of fruit. (add 1.5 lemons and 1.5tsp citric acid). for 2kg fruit do 2 lemons and 2 tsp citric acid.

After years of trying various recipes this is my own take on rasp jam. ENJOY.

Mieke at four months

I had Mieke for the day on friday. It was lovely going out in the Pram with a little baby. Everyone oohing and aahhing and exclaiming about how quickly I got my figure back!! We went to Steff's to drop off some stuff and Mieke got a lovely buzy bee toy from her. These photos were from afternoon playtime. Full of smiles, looking at Morris and chatting to me while I folded the washing. I had some other photos but they were a bit rude to put up on the blog.

Wearable Arts

The school's end of the year art programme this year was wearable arts. We had a proper catwalk set up, funky music and each class complete their outfit according to a theme. Eli's class theme was "the Nutcracker Ballet". So he dressed as one of the toy soldiers. It was a fantastic show. Eli got to bring his costume home.
He was very particular about the moustache

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....