Friday, 31 July 2009

Sweet taste of summer.

There are many reasons I love summer for but one of the best things about this season of year is variety of veggies and fruits on the market. Having such a big choice puts me into inspirational mood and lets me enjoy my experimantal kitchen. I try preparing new things but I don't feel too comfortable in the kitchen and I always worry too much about the results of my work. Usually there is no reason to worry because my experiments turn out fine. They are edible. What's more, they are tasty.

Some time ago I made apricot jam. I's my very first jam; I wasn't sure if it was going be a success but I'm more than happy with the result.

I love its thick consistency and vivid orange color. The taste is delicious. Thanks to some lemon juice, it's not very sweet, it's just right. And a breakfast made of pancakes with this jam is a real heaven, trust me.

I think that making jams is a great way of saving a piece of summer for later, for colder and less colorful time of year. My mum used to make lots of jams for winter. Goosberries, black currants, cherries, plums, strawberries, any fruits we had in the garden were turned into little treasures of summertime, closed in jars and put away in the pantry for winter. When I was a child, we used to go to the forest to pick up blueberries and wild raspberries. The first ones were for jams, andf rom the second ones we made juice. I still remember its thick, sweet taste. My mum used to add it to my tea when I cought cold in winter.

To save some sweet taste and color of summer you need:
1.5 kg washed and peeled apricots*
330 grams sugar
half a cup water (around 100ml)
half a lemon

In a big pot mix apricots with water, sugar and juice from sqeezed lemon. Boil on a small heat, stirring from time to time, until the mixture gets jam consistency. Pour into jars and keep it safe. And enjoy!

*or any fruit of your own choice


  1. Oh, those pictures are beautiful! Looks delicious!

    Happy Weekend!

  2. Yummm.... I like apricots! I have never made jam, but I'm hoping to try it yet this year. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

  3. yummy

    the orange is amazing!!
    it looks delicious!!

    have a wonderful weekend!

  4. It looks fantastic-I don't think I've ever seen such a colourful jam! Well done.

  5. It looks fantastic-I don't think I've ever seen such a colourful jam! Well done.

  6. looks delicious! the color is really amazing too :)

  7. Lovely post, I always enjoy reading about your childhood memories, it must have been such a magical place to grow up! I'm also deep in jamming for winter:it's peaches this weekend.

  8. Everyone is talking about Apricot jam, I think that is a sign I need to make some. I actually like apricot jam the best, but my husban and children love strawberry.

  9. Love this idea...and should do it more often. My grandmother always had the best jam in the winter because she worked so hard in the summer saving all its goodness.

  10. fantastic pictures and your jam looks devine. super yummy!