I know it's not winter yet (not that we had a summer) and although I'm not asking for freezing weather, this book makes me long to hunker down in the kitchen, preserving and conserving. There are just so many recipes I could have chosen - my copy is littered with post-its - but in the end I went for the fragrant cheer offered by this melon, lime and ginger jam.
by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley, 2012)
Melon, Lime and Ginger Jam
It was one of my big surprises, in cooking for this book, that it was possible to make a good, fresh-tasting jam with melon. This is very unusual, both fragrant and zippy. And of course a little eastern. When I was small, one of my favourite books was a story about two Japanese dolls called Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, by Rumer Godden. The girl to whom the dolls are given tries to make them feel at home in England by building them a Japanese house and giving them every kind of Japanese comfort she can conjure. I imagine this is what she would have given them for afternoon tea, with green tea on the side, of course.
Use different kinds of melons so that you get mixed colours of flesh (though not watermelon, it's too wet). Mango works well in the mix too.
Fills 9 x 225g (8oz) jars
How to use: A dollop of ths is rather good on a tart ice cream - one made with yoghurt, buttermilk or crème fraîche - but I like it best on plain toasted bread (good stuff!), such as a nice sourdough.
Posted by Nigella on the 12th Sep 2012