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Jamming with George

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A few days ago I bought a punnet of nectarines (13 for 50p) but soon their skin began to wrinkle and I thought I couldn’t eat all of them before they became to inedible so a friend suggested I made some jam with them. Well, I’ve never done that before and I can’t be bothered with fancy or time consuming recipes. I only want something quick and very simple. So I found the one below. After making the jam I tried it on a piece of toast.  ‘Yes’, I thought, ‘mild, a bit like strawberry.’ So, that’s another string to my bow. LOL!!

Nectarine jam recipe.

The following weight ratios can be used for any combination of fruit.

Ingredient ratios:

6 fruit (de-stoned weight 236g)

Sugar 80% of the fruit weight (188g)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Method.

Cut up fruit and remove stones. Ensure the fruit pieces are small (mine were too big so I reduced them with a blender).

Mix  the sugar and lemon juice into the fruit.

Leave the mixture for a least one hour but overnight is better, to allow the sugar to draw out the juice.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Boil the jam until it reaches its setting point. This can be tested by taking a spoonful and holding it vertically. If some of it sticks, it’s ready; if runs off completely continue to cook. The other way to test is by using a thermometer and reading a temperature of 105C.

Once you think the jam can set, let it cool and put it into your containers.

 

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The Fruiting Jungle

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Acrylic paint on acrylic paper abstract painting representing sunlight casting shadows on leaves and fruit in the depth of the jungle.

Folium

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Abstract watercolour painting on watercolour paper representing then tentacles of a branch being relieved of its selection of fruit, leaves and other bits of itself as they fall in a leaf like shape through the air to the earth.

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Bird in flight eating fruit

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Bird in flight eating fruit

Abstract cubist acrylic and marker pen painting on acrylic paper representing a multi-coloured tropical bird attempting to eat a small red fruit while in flight.

Pitcher with Fruit

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Picture with Fruit

Surreal cubist abstract marker drawing on acrylic paper representing a pitcher surrounded by various fruit on a striped tablecloth.