30 Minute Peach & Yellow Plum Jam

30 Minute Peach & Yellow Plum Jam

This is the simplest jam I’ve ever made.  Probably the most tasty too! It cooked up in 30 minutes on the stove top and thickened perfectly…without any pectin to boot.  Love saving money any where I can.  Plus it’s just fruit and a pinch of cinnamon and a  pinch of Agar flakes.  Works great. First thing to make sure of when you’re cooking up jams or preserves is that the fruit is organic and ripe.  I mean really ripe. The flavor comes from the sugars in the fruit and if it aint ripe it aint sweet.  Keep your fruit out of the fridge and in a warm place for a few days prior to cooking up your jam if possible.  I leave mine in my car window inside a paper bag for a day and that usually helps. If your fruit is ripe enough, you really shouldn’t need to add additional sugar to the batch.  Keep it simple. The Agar flakes will thicken the juices just enough to make any liquids left after reducing gel up.  30 minutes and your done! If you haven’t made jams before, this is a perfect recipe to begin with so you can get some…

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Vegan Slow Cooker Onion Focaccia Bread with Peach & Plum Jam

 Everything in one bite. Some wives dream of great adventure when their husbands are away for the weekend and they’ve nothing but time on their hands.  Me?  I just want time in the kitchen to cook up some fresh fruits and veggies…..yea, I’m that kind of agoraphobic domestic  now days.  Only glitch was that it’s been horrifically hot here for over a week and after working outside all week, even I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen. So I didn’t. Enter Slow Cooker Onion Focaccia Bread with Fresh Peach & Plum Jam for my solo dinner….   Summer produce is so delicious eaten fresh and ripe. But sometimes you just have to help Mother Nature along a bit and kick things up a notch. When I saw these fresh fruits and veggies at an Orchard nearby yesterday….I could have bought twice as much and twice the varieties.  They really had some beautiful stuff.  You got to love the grocery store for giving us stuff year round….but there really is a huge difference buying locally grown produce that you trust and know has been picked just that day.  In fact, while I was at the Orchard, the workers were bringing in…

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Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

 With just two of us eating at my house, I’m always looking for quick treats that will freeze and store well so I can pop up a fancy dessert any evening without struggling to use up a whole cake, pie, pudding within the next few days.  These mini pies are a perfect lite ending to a meal or can fill in for breakfast on the go if packaged correctly.  I baked mine in a Mini Pie maker but my recipe adjusts for oven cooking as well.  The filling here is just what I like and had on hand.  It can easily be changed to other fruits as long as they are prepared in small pieces to fit into the smaller pie crusts.  Frozen Blueberries worked well.  I’d like to try it out with Mango, Peaches, Strawberry.  Even Pecan will be good although the filling preparation listed in this recipe would have to be adjusted for Pecans. I’m a big fan of Plums and I usually let them almost over ripen to ensure that they don’t upset my stomach and also maximize their sweetness.  It’s hard to find ready ripe plums in the grocery here so I almost always wash them…

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Sugar Free Plum Preserves

Sugar Free Plum Preserves

I love plums (ripe ones that is, hate the rock hard ones from the grocery store) So I put a couple in a clear box and set them near a window to ripen up some. When they finally got a little soft, I decided to try another Sugar Free jam like I had made out of my Bing Cherries a few weeks ago. Bing Cherry Jam I’m not sure I like this one better but it’s a nice sour jam that is still sugar free and goes great with a hearty bread with lots of taste of it’s own. Or a good cracker.  I tried this jam out first on a Quinoa and Chia Seed Gluten Free Waffle I’ve been wanting to try. They both worked well together. Sugar Free Plum Preserves: 4 – 5 RIPE Plums, washed, pitted and sliced into bite size chunks 1/3 Cup Powdered Stevia or Agave for sweetening 3 Tbs. Lemon Juice 1 Package of Low/ No Sugar Powdered Pectin 1/4 Cup of water (just to keep the Plums from burning when they are first put into the pot to boil.  All the water will evaporate. Heat all the ingredients except the pectin in a medium…

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Looking for Spring…….

I’m working on my Pistachio Ice Cream recipe so it’s an easy dinner tonight w/ the help of Trader Joe’s and some of the Spicy Plum Dipping Sauce I made up last month: <><><><><><><><><> Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls w/ my Spicy Plum Dipping Sauce Spicy Asian Plum Dipping Sauce With the warmer temperatures this week, I was looking for signs of spring here……… We had a mild winter in the East, for sure And the first signs of spring I remember are always the fruit trees blooming and daffodils.  Well the apple trees are definitely ready for spring too…. Found these gorgeous tulips on sale at Whole Foods……….. Signs of spring at Whole Foods today, beautiful bunches of spring Tulips for sale I always appreciate the changes of new seasons here in the East.  What changes are you seeing in your area?  Do you like living in a cold or hot climate?   The Pistachio Ice Cream was a hit……………more details tomorrow!  Thanks for all the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway entry comments.

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Spicy Asian Plum Dipping Sauce

Dreary day here to end out February.Rain, cold.  Ready for spring……………  To warm things up, I decided to use up some lovely plums I got at the local Asian market and try a dipping sauce recipe that I canned using apricots back in 2010.  Its been a popular gift I’ve given out so I wanted to see how it would work with plums instead of apricots. Feel free to use Apricots instead of plums here.  I used canned Apricots the first time and it was delicious.  Here’s the recipe, made sugar free this time except for what sugar is in the plums of course: 10 Ripe Red Plums (pits and stems removed and cut in quarters)1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar1/2 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce1 inch of fresh Ginger, chopped 2 whole cloves of Garlic, no need to dice1 sliced Jalapeno Pepper seeds included1/2 tsp Stevia My broken up Star Anise supply.  Time for some new I think. 2 Star Anise (optional but it is good if you have some) If you are not canning this sauce, just put all of the ingredients listed above in a medium size pot and boil, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes on medium to reduce…

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