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Jamming with George


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.


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.



The Fruiting Jungle

The Fruiting Jungle small

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



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.

Folium small


Bird in flight eating fruit


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


Picture with Fruit

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