Today was my big jam-making day! Those of you who follow my blog (or just know me well) will be aware of my recent culinary journey... I've spent much of the past year delving into more traditional cooking techniques, learning "old fashioned" ways of preparing food, and trying to feed my family comfort foods produced from locally grown ingredients. Jam has always been a bit of a mystery to me, and when I asked a friend of mine who lives on a farm and is a country cooking and jam-making expert about her techniques, I felt a bit overwhelmed by what seemed like the many steps involved. A few months passed and I still couldn't get the desire to make my own jam out of my mind, so I approached another friend who has not only a thorough culinary background but also a great, relaxed foodie vibe, and asked for her help getting over my "jam nerves". Thanks to several coaching emails and a morning spent together in my kitchen, I am very proud to say I am now a jam maker! This morning's work resulted in a large batch of plum jam and a smaller batch of carrot marmalade, and I feel confidant enough in the fruit prep, cooking, jarring and paraffin wax sealing that I'm already planning another batch. The hard part will be narrowing down what to make - I have the feeling the easy part will be finding willing recipients for the fruits of my labour!