Life and Thyme!

Isn’t it great when the garden produces such a surplus that you can start Jam Making.

This is the first time ever I have been able to make Rhubarb and Ginger Jam.

I followed a recipe from my much loved and battered Good Housekeeping book.

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

1.1kg (2 1/2lb) rhubarb-prepared weight,chopped

1.1kg(2 1/2lb) sugar

juice of two lemons

25g (1 oz) root ginger

100g (4 oz) preserved stem ginger,chopped

1 Place rhubarb in a large bowl in alternate layers with the sugar and lemon juice. Cover and leave overnight

2 Next day, peel and bruise the root ginger slightly with a weight or rolling pin and tie it in a piece of muslin. Put the rhubarb mixture in a preserving pan with the muslin bag, bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 15minutes, stirring frequently.

3Remove the muslin bag and add the stem ginger and boil for a further 5 minutes until you have reached set point. Remove any scum with a slotted spoon.

4 Pot and cover. Makes about 2kg(4 1/2lb)

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So what’s behind my lovely jam?

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Gorgeous bluebells, aquilegias, forget me knots and a little hedge parsley. They smell delicious-  of warmth and honey. And all from my garden. Aren’t these just lovely I ask Mr E.” Humph a bunch of weeds !”, says he. Whose right then?

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Him or me?

Anyone for tea then- brown bread, butter, jam and Earl Grey?

Linking into Handmade Harbour today.

 

 

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Comments on: "Rhubarb and Ginger Jam and a bunch of WEEDS??" (35)

  1. I’m siding with you, they are beautiful weed or no weed 🙂 and thanks for the invitation I will be in shortly lol

  2. I love bluebells. You are so lucky having some to pick in your own garden.

  3. Yes please to the Earl Grey and bread butter and jam :-). I’m seeing red and white polka dots all over blogland this evening and am liking what I see!

  4. My definition of a weed is a plant that is growing in an unwanted place! Weeds or not your flowers look very pretty and I can imagine how they smell. You jam looks really yummy too. Ginger works so well with rhubarb.

  5. Some weeds are lovely to look at! Hope the jam tastes as yummy as it sounds x

  6. I’m with you. There’s no such thing as weeds. The jam sounds yummy so is the offer of tea still on…. xx

  7. Count me in for tea! Your DH is so wrong, they are flowers most definately!!

  8. I would have said that bluebells, aquilegias and forget me knots were all respectable garden flowers. But who cares! If they look good in a vase – go for it!

    • I think it was that they had self seeded that he objects too! Serves him right for leaving me alone in the garden!!

  9. I would definitely say that you’re right, they are beautiful. Rhubarb and ginger jam was one of my favourites when I was growing up. My Mum used to make it from rhubarb on our allotment when we had one.
    Have a delightful week.

  10. Beautiful flowers and fab jam, I’ll definitely be making some with our rhubarb when we have enough.

  11. I don’t care if they’re weeds- forget-me-nots are my favourite flower! The jam sounds yummy- I do love rhubarb.

  12. I think the flowers are beautiful and I wouldn’t call them weeds at all. I also would love to have some bread, jam, and tea with you. 🙂 Hugs, Tamara

  13. soyofthenorth said:

    I’m with you. Those are certainly not weeds. Thank you for the jam making tutorial 🙂

  14. Pickle-Lily said:

    Love the spotty lids and labels, and Mr P-L would love the contents! Have agood week, Jo x

  15. Mmmm the tea sound lovely and the jam looks lovely! I always think they’re flowers if you want them and weeds if you don’t!! Simmi x

  16. How on earth are they weeds?? Weeds are the things you don’t ant, not those gorgeous flowers! And ys to tea please…

    • Mr E says anything self seeded and not where you put it is a weed!!! He loves neatly planted dahlias. I just love giving Mother Nature a hand with the self seeding, and I win every year! He even tried digging up snowdrops and bluebells, but yippee they just turned up in the lawn the following year, where he left them! I think I am going to be hosting a great big tea party !!

  17. My Rhubarb loving boyfriend would really appreciate it if I made this! Thanks for the recipe x

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