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One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave – Quick and Easy
Foulsham & Co. might not be the largest cookbook
publisher around but they present some of the best small one-topic
books. I have reviewed several other of their Quick and Easy series and
they have all been
clearly written and informative. One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave is
another to join the ranks of worthwhile cookbooks.
A few years ago your average microwave cookbook was something to be
shunned. They were full of recipes that gave inferior results and used
strange and nasty plastic articles that would cook bacon or make crisps
(that never did work). My microwave has been used little apart from
heating drinks, thawing frozen goods and warming up leftovers. Whilst I
am grateful for the facility it has seemed a rather under-utilised
One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave is quite a revelation. You can make
preserves in the aforementioned coffee-heater! Note that I say
preserves rather than jam because this volume contains recipes for a
raft of chutneys, pickles, butters and the like. The selection of
bottled delights is far wider-ranging than the predictable strawberry
jam. OK, so the cooking method involves the microwave but the recipes
are inspiring. This stands up well in comparison to any other book on
Regular supermarket jam isn’t expensive but if you can put your hands
on some free fruit then even the common blackberry jam is worth making
yourself. I promise you will taste the difference. Check out the price
of the more exotic shop-bought confections and you are looking at
remortgaging the house or selling the kids. We are all periodically
tempted by those beautiful jars, as a thank-you gift or to look smart
on the breakfast table when the in-laws are staying. One Pot of Jam
from Your Microwave offers some suggestions for preserves that will
make you look like you have won the lottery, and how proud you’ll be to
proclaim that it’s really ‘fait maison’.
There are quite a few preserves here that deserve a mention. Bird of
Paradise Pineapple Jam in reality contains no wildlife and is safe for
vegetarians. It’s a tropical mix of pineapple, apple and persimmon.
Mango Jam with Orange is another option if you love flavours of the
Orient. My tip would be to buy your mangoes from an Asian grocer. Much
My favourite recipe for gift-giving is Dried Apricots in Amaretto. This
has all the hallmarks of a holiday season success. It’s simple to make
and good enough to keep. Dried Figs with Vanilla in Calvados also falls
into that category.
One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave – Quick and Easy is a book for
anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at making jam, pickle,
chutney and flavoured vinegars. I am impressed by the recipes, that are
some of the most imaginative around. Good value for money.
Cookbook review: One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave – Quick and Easy
Author: Sonia Allison
Published by: Foulsham