We were in Michigan last week and on a very hot and humid day went to an orchard to pick fruit. We came home with more sour cherries and blueberries than we probably needed and the seasonal fruit timer ticking away. I made a cherry pie (this recipe has become my favorite) and then decided to make jam with the blueberries. I used a recipe from Camilla Wynne’s Jam Bake (I know I am a broken record) that infuses the blueberry jam with coffee. Weirdsies! I couldn’t really imagine it but gave it a try because I’m a wild and reckless guy. The jam is super good! It’s hard to describe what happens. You can taste the blueberry jam, and also a hint of coffee. They don’t necessarily blend together, my palate kind of vibrates between the two. And if I didn’t know there was coffee in the jam, I might think there was just a sort of vague nuttiness which helps temper the sweetness. Anyway, I am a fan. The recipe I used made 5 pints of jam and all you would need to do to try is to put a tablespoon or so of coffee beans into a tea strainer and boil away with the jam. Or buy Camilla’s book.
Some other stuff I’m into…
Speaking of jam, I made some rhubarb jam with Amarena cherries recently which required me to buy one of those pretty jars of Amarena cherries from Italy. And we don’t talk nearly enough about how good those cherries are. They’re such a singular flavor. I ended up using some of the syrup from the cherries in a glaze for bakewell tarts, and it was a real revelation. Now I am trying to use Amarena cherries in everything. Amarena cherry summer? Also, a jar of these things, while expensive, makes a really good host gift. I would much rather this than a bottle of wine.
My best friend is an educator and artist who produced a newly released podcast called Belonging. Earlier this spring I had the privilege of attending a listening party with everyone involved with the project and was totally blown away. The podcast (intended for educators (broadly defined!), but I think everyone would enjoy it) is about “reckoning, reconciliation, and rebuilding.” I’m just going to quote from the project’s website because why wouldn’t I.
- The first season of Belonging follows teachers and students from across the U.S. on a journey to confront their biases and build classrooms where students can bring their full selves.
- Teachers have the power to affirm students’ identities. Unchecked teacher bias can cause harm.
- Young people’s perspectives can spark the change needed to build belonging in schools.
Depths of Wikipedia
Just in case you don’t know about one of the best things on the internet.
A really beautiful shop selling gardening…stuff—clothes, tools, gifts, etc.. Reminds me of some of my fav places in the UK, but US-based. They carry brands like Sneeboer, Niwaki, and Le Laboureur.
Young Bloomsbury by Nino Strachey
Currently reading and enjoying this book about the second generation of Bloomsbury. An interesting examination of their challenges to gender and sex norms, and also a fun chronicle of the times. The author highlights the ways the two generations of Bloomsbury inspired and influenced each other.
July 10th, 2022 at 7:28 pm
I currently have two jars of these cherries and I’ve been debating on what I could use them in — I’m leaning towards clafoutis (but since I’ve never tried this type of preserved cherry before, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea). Also picked up Jam Bake from the library last week — it looks tremendously good. Glad you posted, always happy to get that email notification.
July 10th, 2022 at 8:18 pm
Wondering if you’re familiar with Shola von Reinhold’s novel, Lote? It’s wonderful and sounds like it could also be something you might be into :) https://www.thewhitereview.org/reviews/shola-von-reinholds-lote/
July 11th, 2022 at 1:50 am
Can’t wait to try the jam recipe! Would you link to the cherry pie recipe, please? I have some lurking in my freezer. Thanks!
July 11th, 2022 at 7:46 am
Betsey- Thanks for catching that! Link has been added.
Christine- Thanks for the recommendation. I will read!
July 25th, 2022 at 1:15 pm
Tim , new reader here all the way from france !
I’ve been going through your blog for the past month or so (thanks orangette for bringing me here ) and i’ve already made a couple of recipes !
To tell you the truth i’ve been struggling with anxiety lately following a major breakup and during those long sleepless nights this blog kept me sane .
If you are reading this ,please know that this is more than just a cooking blog for many , many readers I believe .
From this stranger to you on the other side of the planet , cheers !
July 25th, 2022 at 3:14 pm
P! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this nice comment. Made my day. Hope you’re feeling good soon. xo