Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fall Simple Pleasures (Jam Making).

After the July 'session' of plum jam making, Fall brings along sweet figs and green tomatoes to be preserved for the long winter ahead!

It's incredible how many lbs a tree can produce!
After having treated myself and my beloved ones (Kim also) to fresh figs, grilled figs with bacon, fig milkshakes, fig muffins, pancakes with figs, pizza with figs and prosciutto...  I finally have some jam jars stored away!! If you are lucky enough to have a fig tree or can find fresh figs, you the recipe is here.



Green tomatoes can be used to make yummy jam too... I prefer using NO FLAVOR gelatine.
I'll share my 'secret' with you- after removing the jam from heat, just before pouring it in sterilized jars, I add a tablespoon of rhum to it. It adds a wonderful, unusual flavor!
This type of jam is fabulous served with cheese.

Enjoy!
Monica.

25 comments:

  1. Ahhhh!!! I just got home from the Italian Market, bought fresh figs to make jam!!!!! You must share your secrets so I can make it just like you!!!!! I am so excited, I will email you, I am getting a special parcel together!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  2. I love figs - you are lucky to have them on a tree!

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  3. Beautiful PHOTO'S! My friends that are from France LOVE figs. That is not a favorite of mine(but you pictures were). I think it is a texture thing for me. When Pierre & Daniele moved in one of the first things they planted was a fig tree & a pecan tree(they both pecans too & said they can not find them in France). Have a great week.

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  4. Hi Mónica.
    Beautiful pictures as always.

    Have a nice day
    xoxo

    Marcela

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  5. The figs look delicious!! :-) I have never had the jam but I have heard such great things about it. I will have to see if I can find it at one of our 'specialty' shops (won't be as good as fresh...)

    So, am I incorrect...you make jam with green tomatoes? it sounds excellent if it is true. My last time at the lake, I only found green tomatoes. I have my fingers crossed!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  6. Sounds so good! Especially fig preserves. One of my neighbors has a fig tree, but the birds and squirrels get the ripe ones so fast.

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  7. I'm so hungry now after looking at all of your delightful and beautiful photos! I love jam making! I made some blackberry jam last week!
    Hugs,
    Shelley

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  8. Now these sound delightful Monica. Tedddy thinks Kim is a lucky gal, what with figs, etc. He is still dieting with about 2 lbs to go. It is remarkable how much faster he is now and so full of energy. But he is always looking at the treat door. LOL Sharon

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  9. Hi Monica,

    Your figs look wonderful and how neat that you have had them to enjoy in so many ways.
    that is an interesting little secret with you jam and I will have to try that next time I make some, thank you.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  10. Monica, I have never tasted a fig or had tomatoe jam. I must be missing out. Best wishes!

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  11. We can find fresh figs ! It must give a wonderful jam ! My mother use to make the green tomatoes one, and it was marvellous ! I'll give your idea of figs jam to my husband, We might make some :) fig milkshakes sounds delicious also and muffins... Olala

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  12. I hope I can find fresh figs! Love them!

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  13. Haven't tried making a jam. Only store bought :-) And figs. Hhhmmm I don't think we have an abundance here in our place though. That would be interesting to try.

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  14. I never thought to try figs before (they are very hard to find here on the Cape), but when I DID find some, we gobbled them up! What a treat! My daughter LOVES LOVES LOVES them!!! Thank you for getting me to try these wonderful fruits!

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  15. Beautiful photos! I haven't had figs since I was a kid.

    Jane

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  16. I just popped over from love stitching red..all colour and juiciness, and here's more. How lovelyto be able to grow your own figs.

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  17. You are so luck to be in a zone where you can have figs in your yard. Your pictures are delicious! We have to keep ours in pots in greenhouses, but it's worth it. Small harvest this year! boo hoo!

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  18. We love figs but sadly have no source. When we are in the south we gobble them up!

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  19. Me gustan los higos - figs - son muy dulces.
    Hugs
    Charo

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  20. What stunning photographs, each one a still life.
    Thanks for sharing your secret with me, I shan't tell a soul.
    a bientot
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

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  21. Wonderful photos as always. I love figs - anyway they come! Also love how beautiful they are inside too

    I now confess to never having had green tomatoes in any form. Shame on me! I must find some!

    Have a lovely weekend coming up
    Carolyn x

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  22. Hello Monica,
    Finally I managed to give a comment, we have problems with the internet.
    So busy, making jam, taking gorgeous pictures,... the greens are so beautiful! It must be lovely to see Kim eating figs.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Sylvia

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  23. Hello Monica
    What a lovely post! I love figs and the scent of the fig tree. When I used to live in France they grew wild by the road side it was fun picking some on days out.
    The jam sounds delicious!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Isabelle x

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  24. Your photos are just gorgeous.. Those figs looked so yummy.. I loved seeing them hanging on the tree.. You know the funny thing is I've never seen a fig tree.. The jam sounds soooooo yummy..
    Stephenie

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  25. Monica, those photos look like they should be in a magazine! They are gorgeous! I love the dish in the first photo! I love figs too but I've only had the black ones. I used to have a tree and you are so right...they produce so many and all at once!!! I used to say "I'm figged out" after a week of eating them!

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