House 1 me 0. Actually the score is probably more skewed than that if we look at the entire time I’ve lived here. But this week I am definitely on the losing end! And it’s all my fault. Which is really annoying.
It’s time to redo the front porch so we began the project this past Sunday. Parts of the old boards were being very stubborn in coming loose. I tried pounding them up with a crow bar. Really not the thing to do. I reinjured my injury from the fall in January. Each day I’ve brought the computer in bed with me in hopes I could sit up long enough to do a blog post. Finally I can do it today. Cooking this week has been pretty basic as well. But I’m properly on the mend so I can blog! Plus we need to do more on the porch this weekend. I have a cunning plan as they say to not screw my back up again. I feel optimistic.
I made this jam a couple of weeks ago and talked about it on the radio show. I was inspired by a jam I had in France. And we had a bumper crop of black currants so I had to do something with them all! We froze quite a bit for later crumbles. I wanted a jam that wasn’t overly sweet so I could easily use it for savory dishes as well.
I like to keep my jams on the rustic side, it’s less fussy that way. In a saucepan put in equal amounts of black currants and blueberries.
On medium low heat bring the berries to a simmer. Once enough liquid has been released from the berries turn up the heat a bit to continue a high simmer. To start I added 1/2 cup of white sugar and incorporated it into the berries. Then I added 1/2 a cup of brown sugar. The tricky bit with black currants is that they are very tart. But you don’t want to add so much sugar that the jam becomes stiff. To offset this I added maple syrup. Add a bit of a time until the jam has thickened.
Sorry about the quality of that pic! Couldn’t use a tripod at this step! Remove from the heat and can the jam. I served this with homemade crusty bread and stinky French cheese. The creaminess of the cheese balanced well with the tart jam.
Fingers crossed the porch doesn’t defeat me tomorrow!