Thursday, January 8, 2009

Strawberry Jam, and Tea for Four

Here is yesterday's breakfast. I'm not a huge breakfast eater, but yesterday I splurged and had what Ripley has been having for days. Banana Bread with Homemade Strawberry Jam. Wow. I made two different versions of strawberry jam last summer. This one is by far my favorite. As usual, it's a combination of two recipes. Spring is on it's way, so I'll give you the recipe in preparation (and hope) for warmer days ahead:
Strawberry Jam
7 pounds strawberries, hulled
8 cups sugar
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
Put all ingredient in a large pan. Bring to a boil for about 5-8 minutes until you have reached the setting point. Put into sterilized jars. Yum. Yum. Yum.
I've been doing a lot of cleaning and prepping because I'm having 11 people over for dinner tonight! Ripley has been helping me out dusting with the duster, vacuuming, washing out sinks, etc. When I was stopping for lunch (he had already had his hours before) he exclaimed, "We never have tea parties. Can we have one?" I have to admit, the last time we had a formal tea party was about a year ago, but generally it's not a popular request. So, in my effort to practice patience (which I think in large part is produced by understanding, compassion, and realistic expectations) we sat down and had tea. Ripley had orange spice tea and I had green after eating my kale soup and whole wheat bread. Ripley invited two "friends" as you can see on the couch. They are facing left because they were watching as I read This is London, by M. Sasek.

Our miniature schnauzer "Church" (don't ask) has taken up residence by the fire, permanently. He loves the new wood stove.

1 comment:

geisme said...

Church? I am asking! :) I loved the tea- hope dinner turned out well & kudos to you for taking the time out to indulge Ripley! How much jam does that put up? I would totally love to learn how to can- but living in an apt. we just don't have the storage space for all the products. Some day!