blackberry jam

Home from Denmark and the first job is to get outside with the colander and the litter grabbing stick to pick three pounds of fat juicy blackberries from next door's hedge (next door is flats which are half-empty so I count it an extension of our 'estate'...) As you all know I love to forage for freebies in our neighbourhood and these are a full week earlier than last year which is a nice treat. There look to be plenty more to come, too.

This is my go-to book for jams and pickles of all kinds. It was published in 1944 so is full of brilliant austerity recipes for things like marrow jam.

Unfortunately no credit is given to the artist of the delightful little illustrations, which is a shame. They are gorgeous. Here's a lovely jammy lady with a pinny to die for.

Alice Crang herself, mind you, is a different kettle of fish... (if any were available, she'd probably have it pickled and shoved firmly in a screw-top jar before you could wink) ... I wish I could claim to have looked this efficient during my jamming session, but in all honesty I think I prefer Mrs Pinny as a kitchen role model, anyway.

Come back soon to see some lovely photos of Denmark - the land of good taste. Just as soon as I've cropped and twiddled and uploaded...

15 comments:

TheMadHouse said...

I am very envious of everyones BB's, too early for ours yet

Dan said...

Mmmm, enjoy your jam. Alice Crang looks more like a scientist than a jam-maker!
Our brambles have been and gone, all eaten by the birds. Maybe once we've finished the cottage they might have more competition.
Dan
-x-

rossichka said...

I can make srawberry, cherry, apricot and plum jam, but I do it rarely. Your blackberry jam looks delicious! Waithing eagerly to see Denmark through your eyes! x

marigold jam said...

I too picked blackberries this afternoon and bear the scars to prove it! Love your recipe book I have a similar one with lovely line drawings at the top of each chapter. Does anyone have a still room nowadays?!!

Jane

Gigibird said...

If your house gets broken into and the jam ges missing I will be the prime suspect....

Lyn said...

My jam making is always a bit hit and miss, don't think Miss Crang would be impressed!
love
Lyn
xxx

Sue said...

Rossichka, I'm loving the sound of your jams... I can imagine them gleaming, all in a row :-)

Chrissie said...

What a super old book! Looking forward to the Denmark photos.

Gilly said...

Gosh! You've been busy! I didn't know you had that book - my jam etc. book is nearly as old, I think. I find all the illustrations in cookery books of that time depict super efficient housewives in perfect pinnies!

What are your jams standing on? It looks interesting.

Frances said...

Sue, just the notion of popping next door to pick blackberries seems like a dream to me.

Your jam looks fabulous! Love the little book, and also that old silver spoon.

I am definitely looking forward to your Denmark journal. xo

Anonymous said...

I'm so ashamed - the blackberries I picked last week, only a few, not enough for jam - have gone mouldy in the fridge. Trouble is, I know from making pies in more energetic years that they're very pippy.

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silverpebble said...

That book is a treasure, as is the jam. You have given me an urge for breakfast seconds.

Jackie said...

I hope it doesn't take you as long to crop and twiddle as it does me with my all singing mac. I am still working on the dancing. Sorry just had to get that off my chest.

vicki said...

That jam looks both amazing and beautiful - one of my favorites. Home made is the absolute best!

Vicki