I saw some Quinces, by chance, in Waitrose, and bought a bowlful. Unlike soft fruits and some other orchard fruit, they will sit happily for a while until you are ready to use them.
I looked through the book and along with my annual Quince Vodka, I decided to use some of the fruit to make pickled Quinces, I can imagine them being delicious with cold hams and turkey over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
I followed the recipe, and the resulting jars of Pickled Quinces certainly look fantastic, with an added bonus: I was able to strain the cider vinegar I had used for pickling and now have a delectable Quince Vinegar, which has really enhance several salad dressings.
Several people including both Ren, here, and Choclette, here, have already blogged the Fig and Pomegranate Jam, and I have to join my voice with theirs in praising it. As well as a stunningly beautiful jam, it tastes superb.
In fact the jam is perfect, and I will be making it every autumn in future, as soon as I see figs on offer, I'll be stocking up and making jars and jars of this scrumptious jam.
|An aromatic bowl of quinces|
|Making the pickled quinces|
|And as well as fairtrade sugar, I was able to use fairtrade spices|
|Spices, cider and lemon warming in the pan|
|With the quinces|
And here's a photo or two of the fig jam being made, the colours are glorious!
|Even before it was cooked I knew it would be fabulous|
|Bubbling away perfectly|
|I think it is wonderful to produce such delights in my own|
|Three jars of each|
that's six for me!
|I love that the quinces have retained their shape|
|Whilst the fig and pomegranate have melded into|
something new and marvellous
|And here's my bonus!|
Quince infused cider vinegar, perfect in salad dressings!
|Simple, perfect, homemade produce|
what Autumn should be about.
I think I will be using the book regularly, particularly for jam recipes. There are some stunning combinations which I look forward to making next summer.