I get funky with my names. Lets get serious now though. Cooking is an art. Anyone who says it isn’t clearly has not allowed themselves to fall into the rhythm of the kitchen and or garden. In order to truly understand what cooking is about you have to experience the growing and harvesting of produce. Feeling the soil in your hands, seeing the seedlings pop up in the coming days, smelling the earth and the life within it. It’s magical and amazing and gives you a real perspective on how much love and hard work goes into getting the food you eat onto your table. Next step in the art that is cooking. Understanding and developing flavors, and realizing that you must use every sense to fully take hold of the process. Smell, sight, touch, taste, and even your hearing comes into play. If the onions hit the pan and sizzle too much they will burn, but if they sound like they are just waiting to slowly blossom you have done it right! Taste is influenced by all of your other senses. Branch out and try different spice combinations, mix different fruits with herbs. Watermelon and basil, peaches and rosemary. So delicious and visually stunning. The best thing about vegan food is how very vibrant it is. The colors of the varying fruits and veggies, with the added impact of the spices like turmeric which just make everything glow with color. Rainbow salads, Jams that actually have real fruit in them, pasta dishes that are dazzling with roasted tomatoes and peppers. In all honesty when I went Vegan 6 years ago, that is when I discovered my true love for the kitchen. I had always cooked, grew up in an Italian family where the kitchen was the hub. And yes we made fantastic food, and we always harvested our own herbs and veggies. And yet when I went Vegan I discovered a new way of looking at food. A kinder way, and yet more adventurous. I was challenged to come up with new ideas, and make fruits and veggies and grains into something spectacular. I realize I am saying all of this leading up to a Jam recipe. I had to explain the art of cooking in order to share this recipe with you. I have not met one person who does not eat Jam, in the morning on toast, on pancakes, peanut butter and jam sandwiches, etc. It is literally SO simple to make, and yet how many of us really take the time to do so? This recipe will change you, and you can change it all you want. You can change out fruits, you can use different sugars, you can use different zests whatever you will. And I promise this Jam will be a household favorite and you wont be without it! So enjoy the following recipe and share it with all your friends! Get back to the basics and back to a time, when food was made by our hands and not by machines!
Berry Fabulous Jam
Frozen or fresh berries of your choice. Go crazy. My favorites are raspberries, cherries, blueberries and blackberries. I mix them all together and its a little bit of heaven! Use your senses if you want a mason jar full of jam to last a couple days use more berries, if you only want a couple servings use less!
Tangerine Zest, but feel free to use oranges as well
Tangerine Juice and Lemon Juice, just a squeeze of each, if your making a big batch a couple squeezes!
Depending on how sweet you like your jam anywhere from 1 cup to 11/2 cups of brown sugar, with about an extra 1/4 cup of maple sugar. You can use honey if you like raw organic wild caught, or Agave as well!
Arrowroot powder. Ok so this is very dependent on how you like the consistency of your jam. I like mine pretty thick so I use about 2 to 3 tablespoons of arrowroot to thicken it up! Use more or less to make it just right for you, but remember to stir and wait a couple moments before adding more!
Put your berries in a cast iron pan, or any pan you have over medium-low heat. Add in the sugars and let everything reduce down. Add your zest and the juice and stir until you can smell the flavors bursting together. Add the arrowroot slowly and stir it in continually. Add enough that it thickens to your liking. Put on low heat and just let the heat love it up for a bit. Guess what? That’s it. Homemade Jam. Delicious, simple, beautiful, organic and vegan! Enjoy!