Boysenberry Jelly (a quick recipe and a standard recipe)

    Boysenberry Jelly. In New Zealand, boysenberries begin to ripen in December (summer-time), and continue into January.   Below, I have provided two recipes for Boysenberry Jelly. One is very quick to make using a small amount of fruit (100g). The second recipe is the general or official way to make jelly. This recipe […]

Raspberry Sauce

    The raspberries to make this sauce were picked just an hour prior. Using fresh raspberries makes this a refreshing and intensely flavoured sauce, but you can also use raspberries that have been frozen then thawed (raspberries that have been frozen might need a bit more icing sugar added for sweetness). I have called […]

Red-Currant Jelly – Gelee de Groseilles

    This is a recipe by Elizabeth David from her recipe book French Provincial Cooking (a book which Mum considers to be not only vital and essential, but also a crucial addition to anyone’s recipe book collection). Note the adjectives and synonyms (for repetition) for that’s how fundamental and important this book is in […]

How to: Sterilise and Seal Jars for Preserves and Jams

  Using properly sterilised jars is essential when preserving.   This is what Mum does to sterilise preserving jars: Clean the jars with hot soapy water and then rinse well. Pour boiling water into the jar for an extra hot rinse, then dry. The heat will also help dry the jar quicker. Place the jar onto oven trays or racks (making […]

Feijoas Poached in Ginger Syrup

        Mum and I eagerly await the feijoa season, and they all seem to drop at the same time and since the feijoa season is short and sweet, it makes sense to capture the feijoas, bottling them so the unique flavour can be enjoyed throughout the year. We adore this lovely flavoured […]