Well I don't know about you but I am pretty much buried in apples! The strong winds have 'picked' the rest of the large cookers for me so it's nose to the grindstone now and I am busy making lots of chutney. My Spiced Apple Chutney is a very popular all rounder with my customers - lovely and dark, a nice fruity flavour. There have been plenty of pears too so I have experimented with some Pear & Orange Chutney - I am very pleased with it and it is absolutely delicious.
Another seasonal chutney I have devised is Beetroot & Elderberry - a gorgeous colour and the elderberries' tartness is offset very nicely by the sweetness of the beetroot - very tasty with a lovely smooth Brie as you can see! There are lots more recipes on my recipe site.
Been busy compiling a 2014 Jam & Preserves Calendar. It has a recipe for each month and comes in a handy case similar to a CD so that it can stand on a desk or kitchen shelf. I have also included a very useful jar lid size gauge so that you can be sure to buy the right sized replacements. It would make a great present as it is small and light to post - there will shortly be wrapping paper and gift cards as well.
The New Chix on the Block have really settled down, grown all of their new feathers and now eat absolutely everything they can get their little beaks around. They are laying well and I often have surplus eggs for sale in The Old Smithy. They love scratting about in all of the fallen leaves now and Trev and I have been busy putting up a plastic greenhouse as a shelter from the wind/rain/snow for them - they won't go back in their run once they are up and about - that is for going to bed! They are all very vocal and love 'chatting' to me when I get back from work - goodness knows what they are saying!
A neighbour brought in bags and bags of Quince today - lovely big, fragrant fruits so I am experimenting with an old, French recipe - I'll update you in the next blog when I see how it turns out. Quince keep for quite a long time so be sure to snap some up if you see them on sale, there will be plenty of time to make some lovely jams and jellies. So, more mincemeat - then Cranberry Relish, Butterscotch Sauce, Red Cabbage & Beetroot Chutney - Christmas is on the way!
Bit of a serious little blog here folks - then it will be business as usual with recipes, ideas, news and fun.
I need to finally tell you that Trevor and I are no longer connected to Jam Jar Shop Ltd in any way. Around 2 years ago we were approached by a local company to us offering business advice and funding to bolster our surprisingly successful little jar company. We took them at face value and to cut a long and painful story short, were totally taken in and eventually cornered by them. It was apparently their plan to take the company over - a plan that was foiled by some legal shenanigans - but we were unable to avoid going into liquidation.
Jam Jar Shop was bought by the present company and we were retained with our expectation being that we would still help to develop and build on the success we had started. We, after all, unique expertise in two specialist areas - preserving and e-commerce, a formidable team. However, I was dispensed with by email last March and Trevor continued to work alone, on the website and with stock and IT advice. Until 30 September - Trevor was locked out of the website with no notice and all contact severed.
I have no comment to make on this other than to make you aware that any classes booked from the Jam Jar Shop website will not be visible to me. I would hate bookings to be made and for you to turn up at The Old Smithy with the possibility that I would not be there. So, in future please make any contact or bookings through my new website www.rosiemakesjam.com where the classes are actually cheaper than before.
My recipes will still appear on the Jam Jar Shop Ltd site as they were considered part of the sale - I can't do anything about that but my new recipe site is much more comprehensive. Of course, m.rosiemakesjam.com also has a very useful feature where you are able to scale the recipe to the quantity of your main ingredients. I will be adding more all the time so check back regularly.
I will endeavour to offer the things on this website that I know many of you enjoyed in Jam Jar Shop days with plenty of information and advice. There are lots of other plans in the pipeline which, of course, we will tell you about as soon as we can. My Twitter account is still @rosiemakesjam and Facebook is Rosie Makes It Easy - do keep in touch . . . .please!
Onward and upward!