It’s mid-winter here in Orange and our orchards and berry farms are being pruned and bedded down till spring. So, aside from citrus, and cold-storage apples and pears the fruit basket is looking a little sorry. Not to worry – it’s time to put those preserves into action!
Inspired by the wonderful Food in Jars blog, we are starting a new series today on Local is Lovely called Raising the Jar. It will be a scrapbook of recipes and ideas for your preserves, bought or made, and to get the ball rolling I’ve just started a Raising the Jar pinterest page, if you like, you can take a look at it here. Please also send through any ideas via the comments page below.
For now though, we’ll kick off with a lovely little jam roll (recipe below).
I’m a fairly keen on the odd jam session but am also happy to admit most of our preserving is currently outsourced. It’s a time thing. Anyway, this afternon Alice, Tom and I swung by our favourite shop in Orange; the Guildry. You can (and really should) find it in a sweet little cottage in the middle of our beautiful Cook Park (here it is in warmer days). A team of clever (voluntary) country women keep the store stocked with jams, chutneys, slices, biscuits, cakes, hand knitted jumpers, beanies, baby blankets and so on. It’s all good, all incredibly well priced and open every day from 10-4pm. Tim courted me with their chocolate caramel slice and I promise it’s as good as it sounds.