I had such plans for today... It's not that it was a bad day, it just went a different direction than the day I had planned. The happiest detour was a visit from a friend and her two gorgeous kids.
|Double dose of gorgeousness through the kitchen window!|
|The other visitor, our new resident hedgehog, dozing after his fresh feijoa feast.|
I had planned to whip up a batch of apple and feijoa jam in the early afternoon, as I had a microwave recipe that as meant to be a breeze. I had images of me happily bottling up this jam, as my feijoa, ginger and vanilla jam bubbled away on the stove, all while effortlessly entertaining my friend and her kids... I could even sing sweetly and make it all look very effortless and Martha-esque.
HA! Not so at all!
I followed the recipe to the letter. It did not work. I attribute it to the 'cooking times may vary according to microwave' disclaimer.
|It was promising. I had such lovely firm fruit and gorgeous apples, all happily dappled by sunlight on my kitchen table.|
|It was lovely sitting in the sunshine while prepping the fruit.|
|I'm getting a bit fed up with the sideways photos. Anyways, 2 cups of mashed feijoas, 2 cups of peeled chopped apples and 1/2 a cup of water. I popped it in the microwave for 20 minutes on high, as per the directions.|
|Then mash, mash, mash and add 3 cups of sugar. I also put in three tablespoons of lemon juice.|
|Stir, stir, stir until the sugar dissolves (it had that lovely, glossy sugar sheen that I'm starting to become very familiar with.) Pop back in the microwave for 15 min (HA!)|
|I tipped it in my trusty pot, added another squeeze of lemon juice and let it bubble away until I knew it was about right.|
|Done and delicious. Unfortunately, I've almost run out of jars now.|