OK, so I was being a bit ambitious with all my weekend plans in my last post. I did get a few things accomplished, but not everything. One thing I did do was make plum jam.
This is the 5th batch of jam I've made with plums from our tree and I am still amazed how the combination of just plums, sugar and a little water can produce delicious jam. Especially when the plums are small, really sour and basically inedible in their raw state. For the first two years we lived in this house I left the plums to the birds to eat because they were so sour. It never occurred to me to make them into jam until I was talking to a friend who said they might be damson plums. Since then the birds only get the plums that I don't want! I have some more plums in the freezer waiting to be made into chutney using this Delia Smith recipe. I made some last year and it is divine and well worth the effort (though this year I will cook it outside on the barbeque - it needs to be simmered for about 3 hours and last year the house smelt of chutney for weeks!).