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spicy strawberry jam.

Dhara and I recently went strawberry picking — most of these divine berries went into our mouths or a fruit juice or a strawberry jam.  The last time I made strawberry jam was in college, so I thought it was about time for another batch! When searching for recipes, I knew I didn’t want to use loads of sugar or even pectin like most recipes call for.  I wanted something simple, with whole real ingredients, but at the same time with the least amount of ingredients, so that the full taste of the berries would be experienced.  I ended up choosing a recipe for Spicy Strawberry Jam from the Healthy Green Kitchen blog.

I would prefer to call it a strawberry preserve, because that’s just what comes to mind when I taste this jam.  I love how the berries are kept whole, and not halved or quartered. Makes for a lovely presentation.  After a while of simmering, the berries become a deep, dark, rich color and are speckled with chili seeds. It’s a beautiful jam, really it is.  And it tastes even better.  Sweet, with just the right amount of heat, or in my case heat — I ended up adding more chiles than what the recipe asked for.  Sooo very yummy on homemade bread.  This one’s a keeper.

fresh strawberries, right off the vine

organic sugar cane

dried new mexico hot chilies
lemon

mix

simmer

topped with a sprig of mint, here’s a taste test for the hubs

even baby liked it!

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strawberry season.

It’s strawberry season — so my little strawberry and I hopped in our car and rode out to a nearby farm to partake in some good old fashioned strawberry picking!  I just love when picking season roles around — blueberries, peaches, rhubarb, spinach, beets, kale, and the list goes on!  I must say, so many excellent fruits and vegetables for juicing — my newfound hobby!  And I love that my daughter can be a part of it all.  The whole process of picking together, tasting together, and finally cooking together is such a wonderful feeling — there’s not quite anything like it — this time of being together and enjoying the simple things in life.  Trust me, strawberries are very simple things.  : )

I’ve dreamed of living this life as a child — thinking ahead of all the wonderful things I’d like to do with my children — and now I feel in awe of it as my dreams unfold.  Especially when I see my daughter popping strawberry after strawberry into her mouth as she picks leaves.  After a pleasant afternoon of picking, we headed to the farm’s market store for some freshly picked kale, romaine lettuces and pumpkin seeds.  As some of you know, I’m on a juice fast, and the greens were too hard not to pass up.  You don’t see greens like this in the grocery store! They were amazing — so full and green and beautiful.  We also picked up some cans for canning.  Today I will be cooking up some spicy strawberry jam and strawberry muffins.  Maybe even some little shortcakes if I have berries left over.

my little strawberry picker 

halfway through our picking

the fields were chockfull of delicious red strawberries

these little guys were the sweetest strawberries — so good

too sweet that we often had a taste — and I mean often

sneaking more bites

strawberry stained faces

we came home with pounds of strawberries!