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How to make perfect strawberry jam. Buy Felicity Cloake's Perfect for £12.99 from the Guardian bookshop In my memory, the hazy golden summers of the 80s smell of cut grass and taste of strawberries – strawberry picking, strawberry teas, sickly strawberry splits; softer and sweeter than the glossily handsome fruit I buy today, and forever teetering on that fine line between ripe and rotten.

How to make perfect strawberry jam

Strawberry jam, with its mushy, slightly leathery fruit and syrupy flavour, always takes me back to those sunburnt days, when rollerskates were supercool, and summer fruit came with a lurid scoop of Gino Ginelli rather than a sprinkling of black pepper. In jam form, of course, the strawberry is the perfect compliment to those other stalwarts of the rose-tinted picnic rug of summers past, the scone and the Victoria sponge. Which set are you part of? Ballymaloe recipe strawberry jam. Jamie Oliver, however, has no such qualms. Nigella's recipe strawberry jam. A labour of love Thane Prince's 3 day strawberry jam. Texture Flavourings 1. 2. 3. Alys Fowler: Roses. I like a wild-looking rose, a little unkempt and blowsy.

Alys Fowler: Roses

Anything that will climb and clothe a tree wins favour with me. I also like a rose that will look after itself: if I have to worry how to hide its bare legs or prune it into the right shape, I look the other way. So it's a good thing I inherited 'Albéric Barbier', which is a hardy, semi-evergreen rambler. It has fragrant double flowers that start off as tight, pale, buttery yellow buds and blossom into double cream.

It's a good one for cities; it's tough and rampant, so will hide fences or buildings. It doesn't need much love, only a chop here and there in autumn to keep it from overtaking. Roses are great for vases and buttonholes – they say romance and summer like no other. Monsieur Barbier is perfect for jam because of all those double petals (more for your money). You need 250g of petals. Shake the petals to dislodge any insects. In a heavy-based pan, gently heat the water, lemon juice and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.


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