Sunday, 26 October 2014

Recipe - Strawberry Jam

#81 - Try Jam Making

I've always wanted to have a go at jam making, so when Coles had an awesome special on strawberries the other week I knew my time had come.

So today we will be making strawberry jam.

First up we need:

- 1.5 kg of strawberries (6 x 250g punnets)
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- 1.25 kg sugar, warmed
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 small plates placed in the freezer
- Clean jars

Now wash your strawberries with the stems still on

Next hull the strawberries, never hull and then wash as the strawberries will absorb water and the taste will be affected. 

Now we need to warm the sugar, to do this use a large baking tray and spread the sugar out in an even layer and warm in a slow oven (150 degrees Celsius) for about 10-15 minutes. 

Place the strawberries in a large deep pan with the lemon juice, warmed sugar and water. Now warm gently without boiling, be careful while stirring that you don't break up the berries too much. 

Increase the heat and again without boiling stir for around 10 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. 

Now increase the heat and this time bring the mixture to the boil for 20 minutes, stirring often. Make sure you skim any scum off the surface. 

After 20 minutes you can start testing for a setting point but it may take up to around 40 minutes. Make sure the jam isn't catching on the base of the pan and burning. 

To test for setting point remove one of the small plates from the freezer and place around a teaspoon of the jam onto the cold plate. Gently push your finger through the jam, if the jam wrinkles it's ready, if not continue cooking for a little longer and test again.

Once ready remove jam from the heat and spoon immediately into clean, warm jars and seal. Make sure you turn the jars upside down for about 2 minutes and then turn back up the right way and leave to cool (this just helps move the air around inside the jars). Be sure to label and date your jars so you know what jam is inside and the date you made it. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 6-12 months. Once opened place in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. 


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Recipe - Raspberry, Cranberry & Hibiscus Sorbet

When the weather warms up I love to eat ice-cream, gelato or sorbet as it's oh so yummy and refreshing on a hot day.

I got this idea originally from a Donna Hay magazine but I changed up the flavours to what I had on hand.

Raspberry, Cranberry & Hibiscus Sorbet 

500g frozen raspberries
125ml boiling water
310ml cranberry & hibiscus cordial (I bought mine at the local organic shop)

Place the raspberries, water and cordial in a food processor and process until combined. 

Pour into a metal tin (I used a loaf tin) lined with cling wrap (as it makes it easier to get out later) and freeze for 3-4 hours or until set. 

Cut the sorbet into squares place into a food processor and process until smooth. 

Return the sorbet to the freezer for 1 hour or until ready to stand - enjoy

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

2 years of Blogging adventures + plus the lessons along the way‏

Wow - yesterday marked 2 years since I started this blog - that's insane right?????  2 years of talking and sharing with you awesome guys. 

I can't believe I've stuck with blogging for 2 years - for you see I'm a chronic dreamer, I start so many things and never finish them (I am trying to get way better though). So for me to stick with something for so long and not give it up or get sick of doing it, is amazing to say the least. I'm actually quite proud of myself really, it's proven to me that I can stick with something and get better at it. 

Over the last 2 years I've learnt so much about blogging, bloggers and myself in general. My style of writing has improved since my first few posts (see some of those old posts here, here and here). What I want to achieve through this medium has changed too, at first it was about completing my 101 list (see my first ever post here), then it was about daily challenges where I was posting pretty much everyday but I got so bored with them and realised I was only doing them for material to post and my material was quite boring (well to me anyway, if you liked it then right on!!!) Now my goal and purpose is to stop making it so much work and just have fun and make people smile. I want to make people smile, I want to make people feel better about themselves. Whether that's through Messages of Hope, Pinterest Fridays, DIYs, Recipes or my random thoughts/opinions that's what I'd love to achieve and I hope I do. 

Another good privilege of blogging is getting to read and know some other great bloggers and people out there. I've gotten to know Lynda from the gorgeous Homelea Lass (check her out she's great), April Styles through Instagram who runs a Esty shop called Madd Lola, Annette from I Give You The Verbs, Cintia from My Poppet and so many more wonderful people.  I've also got to connect with a few of them as pen-pals, which has been fantastic and so much fun, it's been awesome to go back to old-fashioned (or should we say retro) way of communicating.  

Thank you to everyone who has followed me from the beginning, middle or just joined your support is wonderful and greatly appreciated, cheers to many more years to come. Also if you have any helpful blogging tips or tricks you'd like to share please feel free plus if there is anything you'd like me blog about in future I'm always up for suggestions and ideas. 

Thanks again everyone!!!!! Much love to you all!!!! 

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