Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hungover Staffordshire Oat cakes and Jam

I've emailed everyone I know to tell me things about jam, opinions and recipes. Here is the first response:

"When waking up too early after four hours sleep due to the consumption of two or three bottles wine, I find Staffordshire Oat Cakes, toasted, smeared with ANY kind of jam and rolled up to be a great help in falling asleep again. Helps to eat em with a fork."

I haven't tried this yet, mainly because I don't know where to buy Staffordshire Oat cakes and if they are one of those tricky cakes that live in the biscuit section of a shop, or not.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Tiptrees repond

I emailed Tiptrees jam to ask why some of their products are called jellies, preserves and conserves rather than jam and what on earth is a fruit spread:

Dear Ms Brooks,

Thank you for your e-mail regarding 'Tiptree' preserves.

The term Jam, Preserve and Conserve mean exactly the same.

A Jelly is made with the fruit juice rather than the fruit pieces.

In our range the fruit spread is called so because we sweeten the
product with grape juice rather than sugar and therefore it cannot
legally be called a Conserve as it doesn't have a high enough sugar

I hope this has been of some help but if I can be of any further
assitance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Stacey Ellis
Sales Office

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Isn't Jam lovely?

Jam really is lovely.A jam sandwich or jam on hot buttered toast makes a nice comforting meal. It's great when you haven't been shopping and can substiute for any meal of the day.

This was something I was thinking last night when I couldn't sleep. You can buy sandwiches from all sorts of places, Boots, Spar, all supermarkets plus locally owned sandwich specialists, but I can only think of one that might, if my memory serves me correctly which it often doesn't, sell jam sandwiches (Pickles Farm Fine Foods deli and sandwich shop in St.Annes on Sea). Why is this? Why has the deliciousness of a jam sandwich been exiled from the British lunchtime?

The latest jam revelation I have had is my first taste of yummy DAMSON jam. My boypartner pStan (that's a p as in psychic or psychologist, of which he is neither) has made damson jam, after the tree in the back garden had a bumper crop of damsons. We also gave lots of damsons to a very good cook (Gordon, former army catering corps cornal, a friend's father and my former employer in a cafe that served jam with toast or a cream tea with optional jam) to make some jam too - this was a good transaction, because when we dropped the fruit off we were given delicious green tomato chutney and home made strawberry jam, plus several jars of damson jam when he had made it. The two different damson jams have two distinctive tastes. One was a lot more sharp/tart than the other. I prefered the sweeter one.