Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Just for the holiday: Fig jam

At the risk of alienating my readers ... well, what's the point of having your own blog if you can't write about what you love? So, having now eaten as many figs as I can possibly hold, and having seen to it that my family and friends have done the same, and having seen a steady stream of birds coming out of my fig tree looking noticeably fat and happy, it's that time of year: fig jam.

10 c. fresh figs
5 c. sugar
1 t. lemon juice
1 t. cinnamon

From there, if you know how to make jam you're home free, and if you don't know how to make jam I'll just refer you to the nearest cookbook.

Variations:
  1. Fig-and-strawberry: per 2 c. figs, add 1 envelope strawberry jello mix. (No, I'm not a purist when it comes to making jam. Whatever works. Including jello mix.)
  2. Orange-and-fig: if only it was as simple as the fig-and-strawberry. It starts out the same: per 2 c. figs, add 1 envelope orange jello mix. But then it has a nasty tendency to taste like orange soda. So also per 2 c. figs, add in 1 t. finely grated orange peel, which gets rid of the orange-soda taste. When you're done, the orange flavor takes the lead over the fig flavor but it's good.
Categories (if I bothered with that kind of thing): goodness of creation; enjoying the simple things in life. ;)

Back to posting the usual kind of stuff later this week.

4 comments:

P.S. (an after-thought) said...

No figs around here, though.

Weekend Fisher said...

I tried to get a friend of mine in Wisconsin to try some of my fig jam once. I never did get her to try because she couldn't get past the fact that she didn't like fig newtons. Which is like deciding whether you like blueberries based on store-brand pop-tarts.

Minnesota, says your profile. Umm, there are probably compensations ... cherries and other things that strike me as exotic. I love the flower pics you post. Don't recognize any of them. But that's half their charm.

Xrysostom said...

How wonderfully in tune with your vocation you are.

Apologia_Christi said...

Did you know that on the fig newton packages, the serving size is "2 Fig Newtons." TWO FIG NEWTONS?!?!?!

Who the heck eats just 2 fig newtons? I eat fig newtons by the sleave. A whole sleave is a serving!

The jam idea sounds heavenly. I'm not much on making jam from scratch though. You should send some my way. I'd even dedicate a blog post SPECIFICALLY recommending your jam! Haha!

Glad you had a Happy 4th. Blessings to ya's!