Bramble jelly

Bramble jelly on

Our good friends have just moved to a new place with a truly magical garden, filled with apple trees and blackberry bushes. The children had a smashing Enid Blytonesque time running around the garden, climbing trees, duelling with sticks and picking the fruit that went into this beautiful clear jam. Bramble jelly is one of my […]

Cinnamon infused cherry compote

Cherry compote

Is it a compote or a fridge jam? Well a bit of both really. But what I’m certain of is that it’s an easy recipe, a gateway to dessert heaven and eeks out my cherry supply just that little bit longer. I’m not good at letting go. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you […]

Win signed copy of First Preserves

First Preserves by Vivien Lloyd

If you fancy getting into jam and chutney making you’re going to need a decent recipe book. Vivien Lloyd’s First Preserves is a fantastic no-nonsense guide to finding your feet in the world of preserving and i’ve got a signed copy to give away to one lucky reader. HOW TO ENTER… Fill in the Rafflecopter […]

Book review: First Preserves

First Preserves by Vivien Lloyd

Making jam and marmalade can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. I was lucky enough to have a trained WI judge teach me (thanks Mum!), but this book is the next best thing! First Preserves author Vivien Lloyd has 25 years’ experience of making and demonstrating award-winning preserves. As well as judging competitions, Vivien runs […]

Post riot raspberry jam


London life has many bonuses for a young family, but when the riots kicked off on our front door step this week it was truly terrifying. I don’t need to tell you what a battering Ealing took as it was broadcast for all the world to see. But I can tell you it’s incredibly shocking […]

Cherries and berries jam, and the joy of scum!

Raspberries, strawberries and cherries

Running out of home-made jam is the perfect excuse to think of a new flavour to bubble up in my cauldron. And as a celebration of summer soft fruits I plumped for a mega mix of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. I’ve not made the same type of jam twice since I started my journey into […]

Belgian apricot jam

Juicy Belgian apricots

Making jam has definitely become one of life’s pleasures since I started this blog. I don’t do it all the time, but when I do I REALLY enjoy it. It’s not as technical as you’d think and allows you to feel like a proper old-school domestic goddess. I came across some breathtakingly plump and aromatic […]

Easy plum jam


My good friend Rosie is like a fairy godmother. I’ve only known her a year since both of our eldest kiddliwinks started at nursery together, but we bonded quickly. At that point we were adjusting to life with a second baby – sleep deprivation is a horrible thing so we found solace in each other’s […]

Jam masterclass for a total beginner


I’ve been so excited about this day for ages, learning to make jam is something I’ve always wanted to master but always thought it’d be too scientific and complicated. I’ve grown up watching my mum churn out jars and jars of perfect jams, jellies, chutneys and pickles. She’s even judged them for the legendary WI. […]