by Ann Creber
As well as all the negative aspects of these strange times we are experiencing, I think there have also been some positive results in that many people are spending more time in the kitchen and learning to enjoy new skills!
My Nanna, who lived with us, was an inveterate pickle & jam maker and I used to come home from school for lunch to find the fragrance these jams & preserves wafting through the house! For a number of years I also made and sold preserves of all kinds and hosted some workshops here at Innisfree.
With our Farmers' Markets and orchard gate sales we have access to a good selection of ingredients up here and I thought you might like to share a recipe or two. I know capsicums are expensive, but even in the supermarket you can sometimes pick up "an odd bunch" which is reasonably priced.
This is excellent with cold meat or chicken, cheese etc.
When we had our series of Wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) with us over the years, I discovered they loved working to help prepare these preserves and I have many fond memories of sitting around my big old kitchen table as we chopped and chatted and laughed! I think a little bit of this joy went into every jar!!
I was delighted during a fairly bleak week to receive an evening call from a particularly beloved Italian Wwwoofer named Marina. She now has a 7-year old daughter and they had been confined to home for weeks because of the virus. We had a lovely 'catch-up' session!
I hope you are all keeping safe and well and that you will enjoy sharing a bit of family chat if you can coerce them into lending a helping hand as you cook
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