August 28th, 2013

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the jamming of peaches

So Mom made a batch of peach jam a few weeks ago, and to our interest, it turned out exactly as the peach jam I’d made years ago did: super, super stiff, almost crystallized. She thought it needed a couple more peaches, and since I love peach jam with an unholy passion and peaches are available right now, I got some and yesterday made a batch with two more peaches than Mom had used.

It’s unbelievably pretty and very tasty, but still surprisingly stiff. Not as stiff as Mom’s or as the batch I’d made back when, but stiffer than I consider ideal for jam.

We had a discussion about this, in which I mentioned that although it’d been years since I made jam, it reaaaaaalllllllllly seemed to me that the recipes had changed since I last made it. Mom thought they had too, so probably they have. We suspect they’ve added sugar, perhaps in order to sell their low-sugar pectin more effectively. Anyway, so I think I’ll make another batch and reduce the sugar by a bit, even though they give dire warnings about messing with the recipe. I mean, we’ve already messed with it. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Kitsnaps: Ladies’ View Castle

Ladies' View Castle
Ladies’ View Castle

I don’t think I’ve posted this one before. This is Ladies’ View Castle, which is just up the road from yesterday’s picture, Torc Waterfalls. This is one of many places I wish could be restored!

In other news, my god I am exhausted. I just sobbed my way through 2000 new words at the end of SHAMAN RISES, and I think it may be almost done now. Almost. Some more polishing to do, a bit of fixer-upper stuff here and there, and then…done. I hope. #exhausted

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)