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Good Old Fashioned Jams Preserves and Chutneys
Even the title of this book fills you with a warm feeling of comfort. Good Old-Fashioned Jams, Preserves and
Chutneys is an old-fashioned and charming cookbook with text in sepia
tones and photography by Tara Fisher. Clearly-written recipes and a bit
of history with many of them is a nice touch in a National Trust book.
Sara Paston-Williams is a celebrated author and broadcaster. Her books
include Good Old-Fashioned Puddings. She has a wealth of experience of
traditional recipes which are now finding an appreciative audience
among a new generation of cooks who want to make the best of fruit and
vegetables when in season.
Apart from the aforementioned Jams and Chutneys there are plenty of
interesting and classy preserves. The Pickles chapter offers
modern-sounding recipes that include Pickled Chillies, Spiced
Blackberries, and Spiced Orange Slices. All of these are simple to make
and would be lovely Christmas gifts.
If you have a taste for the more exotic then there are Preserved Lemons
which will look stunning in large glass jars. They are expensive to buy
in the deli but you can make them yourself with a few spices and some
coarse sea salt. They are delicious and add a truly authentic touch to
many Moroccan Tagines.
Perhaps the most quintessentially English recipe has got to be that of
Trelissick Lemon Curd. Trelissick is a National Trust property near
Falmouth in Cornwall, where this curd is a filling for homemade lemon
sponge. What could be nicer for breakfast, though, than some thick-cut
toast and Lemon Curd or Blackberry Curd, or the tangy Strawberry and
Mincemeat is another uniquely British confection and it’s true that
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it. There is a Traditional
recipe here but also some variations that are well worth trying. Cherry
and Walnut Mincemeat encased in philo pastry would add a more
continental flavour, and Pear and Fig Mincemeat is flexible as you can
substitute dates for figs and use rum, whisky, sherry or cider instead
Good Old-Fashioned Jams, Preserves and Chutneys is a book of solid,
well-written recipes that will encourage you to fill your larder with
the best that each season has to offer. The jars will look amazing and
the contents will persuade you that home-made is best.
Good Old-Fashioned Jams, Preserves and Chutneys
Author: Sara Paston-Williams
Published by: Anova - National Trust